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October 17, 2017

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Parley’s Trail Project Milestone

SALT LAKE CITY – Marking major progress toward greater community connectivity in Salt Lake County, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, joined by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, and Millcreek City Mayor Jeff Silvestrini, celebrated the opening of Parley’s Trail from the Bonneville Shoreline to 900 West with a ribbon cutting and ride on Tuesday, October 17th at Tanner Park in Salt Lake City.

“The Parley’s Trail is a major part of the county’s safe and connected bicycle transportation system,” said Mayor McAdams. “This trail, that travels east to west, will make it easier and safer for people to choose their bike over a car.”

The project is divided into two segments. The eastern segment connects the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Millcreek City to Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City via a Class I trail, which allows non-motorized users to travel completely separate from vehicle traffic. The 1.5 mile segment features two bridges – over 2000 East and 2300 East – and a tunnel under the I-80 off-ramp at 2300 East.

The western segment features increased wayfinding and dedicated bicycle lanes from 300 West to 900 West with a Class I trail portion that runs under the I-15/I-80 “Spaghetti Bowl” and travels over the rail switching yards in South Salt Lake along UTA’s Green Line TRAX.

"Connecting the east and west sides of South Salt Lake was a significant challenge with the freeways, railyards, and industrial properties dividing us.” said Mayor Wood. “Parley's Trail has pulled off an amazing feat – making this a fun, safe and fascinating trip.”

Made possible by the 2012 Parks and Trails bond initiative, completion of these phases means eight miles of the trail is now complete. A final segment from 900 West to the Jordan River Parkway Trail is in the planning phase.

The project was managed by Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation and constructed by VanCon, Inc.

Trail users are asked to expect intermittent closures in the next week as finishing work to the landscape and fencing is completed.