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West Valley City officials on the path to build new trails

Wednesday, February 20, 2013940 views

Two new trails for pedestrians, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts could soon be built along east to west corridors on the north and south sides of West Valley City.

On Feb. 7, a public open house was held to present plans for completion of the Utah to Salt Lake Canal Trail. The city has also received $730,000 in grant funding to build the Cross Town Trail from Decker Lake to 2700 West.

West Valley City Parks Director Kevin Astill said both trails are part of a long-range development design for open space amenities in the city.

“We planned this years ago,” he said. “We want to have interactive trails that go through the wetlands.”

The first phase of construction of the Utah to Salt Lake Canal Trail has already been completed along a route that runs near two schools and three public parks.

The trail begins on the southeast side of the city at 4000 West near 4500 South and is complete through 4800 West. The asphalt trail is paved and marked for anyone who wants to use it to cycle, walk, jog or push a stroller along the path.

The open house was held to mark the beginning of the second phase of construction along a segment that picks up at 4800 West and ends at about 5600 West. Residents were invited to provide feedback and suggestions on the design plans for the trail.

The total Utah to Salt Lake Canal project will cost about $400,000 to complete. The city has budgeted $100,000. The remainder of the costs will be covered by Salt Lake County ($200,000) and a state grant ($100,000).

In January, the city council discussed plans for a second trail, called the Cross Town Trail, to be built from Decker Lake to 2700 West. The city was notified that it will receive Utah state transportation grant funding, administered through the Wasatch Front Regional Council, to complete a half-mile segment of the trail.

As part of the grant funding process, the city will be expected to match about 6 percent of the total grant to cover the total estimated project cost of $1.25 million.

When complete, the Cross Town Trail segment will be paved with concrete and measure almost 10 feet across to accommodate two lanes of pedestrian and cyclist traffic.

The segment is part of a larger trail planned to extend from the Jordan River Parkway from about 2700 South, out westward to the end of the West Valley City border.

“This is part of a larger project to extend the trail all the way to 7200 West,” Astill said.

The trail will be striped, signs will be installed and eventually interactive learning and observation areas for nature enthusiasts interested in bird watching and similar activities will be part of the trail.

The trails are part of the city master plan to increase opportunities for “active transportation” and open space recreation within the city near wetland areas.

When completed, both trails will give residents a vehicle and traffic-free commuter path that connects with the north to south Jordan River Parkway trail system.

Astill said the Utah to Salt Lake Canal trail is still in the design phase, but construction on the Cross Town Trail is scheduled to begin this summer.

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