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Last phase of Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail under way soon

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 19 2011 10:23 p.m. MDT

A woman walks on part of the completed Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in Cottonwood Heights.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — The last stage of the Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail is in the final design stages and should be going out to bid in about a month.

When finished, possibly by April, the trail will stretch from near 6200 South, where it crosses under I-215, to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, where it will cross under Wasatch Boulevard.

About three-fourths of the 10-foot-wide asphalt trail has already been completed and sees plenty of use, said Brad Gilson, Cottonwood Heights city engineer. "We get people from the neighborhoods and people from the (Cottonwood) Corporate Center on their lunch hour," he said. "There are not a lot of east-west trail connections like this."

The trail is designed for nonmotorized traffic, including bicycles and skates.

The final, easternmost segment of the 2.6-mile trail will be built on land owned by Murray city around wells for the city's culinary water system.

"Every piece of property that has been used on this project has been donated," Gilson said. Construction funds include about $750,000 from the state, about $547,000 from Zoo, Arts and Parks funds, another $750,000 in federal funds anticipated for the final construction segment. Cottonwood Heights is paying a 20 percent match on all of the costs, Gilson said.

Future enhancements on the trail route include a fishing pond and storm water infrastructure improvements. Beyond that, Gilson said it's possible the trail will be connected, outside of Cottonwood Heights' boundaries, with a new trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon on the east and into Holladay on the west.

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