Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Park City to Salt Lake City, by bike

A proposed trail connecting Summit and Salt Lake counties is garnering a lot of support from residents on both ends of Parley's Canyon despite the hefty price tag that accompanies it.

According to Walt Gilmore, a project manager at the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department, the idea for the trail, which would accommodate bike riders in the summer and Nordic skiers in the winter, came about in 2006 when bicycle commuters applied for a Utah Transportation Enhancement Grant to build a trail from Salt Lake City to Summit County.

The trail would act as an extension for recreationalists and bike commuters who use Emigration and East canyons. The trail would be located on the old U.S. 40 road bed, located on the south side of I-80 near Summit Park, go west along I-80, cross to the north side of the Interstate where the frontage road begins and follow that to Mountain Dell before going into Emigration Canyon. The trail is estimated to cost $18 million. Park Record