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Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail trail to be completed in 2010

Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway Trail
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway Trail

FARMINGTON — By the end of 2010, residents of Davis and Weber counties will be able to travel from West Haven to North Salt Lake by trail.

Cyclists, runners and walkers may not have to face cars, except for a few road crossings, during their jaunts north and south.

The cities of Farmington, Roy and Layton are planning to design and pave sections of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail trail this year, effectively completing the 23.7-mile trail located west of I-15.

Sections in Clinton, Clearfield, Kaysville, Centerville and West Bountiful are already finished.

The Farmington City Council recently approved a $38,000 contract for the trail to be designed to meet up with the city's existing Farmington Creek Trail, which ties into the trail that runs alongside Legacy Parkway.

In Layton, the 3.1-mile section of trail is undergoing an environmental update, which will be followed by a design phase, said Brock Hill, Layton's parks superintendent.

The design phase for the trail is relatively simple, Hill said, because the Utah Transit Authority owns the corridor, which is pretty standard from north to south.

Hill said he expects to begin construction on the trail in June or July.

In Roy, city manager Chris Davis said his city is applying for a grant from the Weber County RAMP (recreation, arts, museums and parks) fund, which collects a special sales tax. If approved, the grant could help fund the city's portion of construction.

Typically, cities have planned to spend about $100,000 toward construction. They also will be responsible for trail maintenance.

The rest of the construction funding has come through federal grants administered by the Utah Department of Transportation.

Davis said his city expects to begin construction on the 3.1-mile trail in the spring.

"We think the general public will love it," Davis said.

By the time the trail is complete, its final cost is expected to be between $8 million and $10 million, said Ben Wuthrich, transportation improvement coordinator for the Wasatch Front Regional Council.

Eventually, the Legacy Parkway Trail, which ends in North Salt Lake, and the Jordan River Parkway Trail in Salt Lake City, will be extended to meet each other, creating a continuous north-south trail connecting Weber, Davis and Salt Lake counties.

Various gaps still exist in the Jordan River Parkway Trail, but once those gaps are closed, the trail will be continuous to Utah County.

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