LINDON With the price of gas creeping higher and higher, the city of Lindon is striving to become more bike- and foot-traffic friendly.
Construction crews are burrowing under State Street to create an underpass for a walkway as part of the Lindon Heritage Trail.
The trail begins along Lindon's east bench and will someday snake through the city and to Utah Lake and the Jordan River Parkway.
"It should be a wonderful amenity for the city," said Ott Dameron, Lindon city administrator. "People will be able to move freely back and forth from State Street ... get to the park and do it safely."
Although not the cheapest option, the underpass ranked the best in terms of safety, desirability of crossing and alignment, multi-use functionality and environmental considerations, according to city documents.
The underpass will be 160 feet long with daylight visible at both ends, plus lights in the tunnel and an anti-graffiti sealant on the walls, Dameron said.
The under-construction segment of the 10-foot-wide asphalt trail will run from Canal Drive to 800 West and includes the State Street underpass.
Work on the underpass should be done by July 25, according to the contracts, Dameron said.
The segment of the trail project will cost just under $3 million, most of which is federally funded via the Mountainland Association of Governments, with around $300,000 of Lindon's own funds.
MAG gets federal funds for projects like this, and Lindon applied and was awarded some of the funds, said Jim Price, transportation planner and project manager for MAG, who is responsible for non-motorized trails.
As soon as this phase is done, work will begin on another segment from 750 East to Main Street, which is also covered by the $3 million federal outlay. Lindon will look for additional funding to develop more segments of the trail, Dameron said.
"The idea of the trail stretching from the foothills to the lake has been in existence since I've been here 13 years," Dameron said. "It's just a matter of how we accomplish it. This one's a nice big segment of it."
Utah County is dotted with trails 150 miles of paved urban trails, with plans for 300 to 400 miles more, Price said.
"What we find is that there's a lot of pent-up demand and when a piece goes in like this piece in Lindon, (we) see it used quite a bit very quickly," Price said. "People really like these when they go in."
The Utah County trail network, although it may eventually be interconnected, will probably never have just one name."A lot of these (trails, like the Provo River Parkway, Jordan River Parkway, Lindon Heritage Trail, Lehi Dry Creek Trail) especially that are owned and maintained by the city, county, they like to have their identity," Price said.