Basin Recreation District Director Rena Jordan says residents should expect work on numerous trails projects this summer, as the district looks to spend the final amount of its remaining funds from a 2010 trails and open space bond. There are other upcoming projects this year as well.
"This is going to be a huge, busy summer for us with a lot of projects," Jordan said. "We'll be spending and doing some major trail projects this summer."
During Basin Recreation's Board meeting next Wednesday, contracts will be awarded to firms for various projects. The largest is for the Rasmussen Road trail project, a 10-foot-wide paved trail that will connect Jeremy Ranch to Kimball Junction.
That project will cost just under $1.3 million, although the bid, awarded to Wardell Brothers Construction, was for $974,000. Jordan said the district will work with the Summit County Engineer's Office on the underpass.
Basin Recreation is also looking at a potential pedestrian underpass connecting Jeremy Ranch to Pinebrook, which would require substantial funding. It is collaborating with Summit County and UDOT on the feasibility of such a project, Jordan said.
For Basin Recreation's skatepark at Trailside, American Ramp Company will be awarded a project to add a pump track and two other components.
Another smaller project will be constructed by Top Job to do just under $50,000 in crack sealing on the district's paved trails as well as sealing the lower parking lot at Willow Creek. A pedestrian bridge is also slated at the Spring Creek Trailhead, which will be done by Jeff Riehl Construction for over $54,000. If construction on that project can be done quickly, it will be done this summer, Jordan said. Otherwise, she expects it to be done in late fall.
"We are diverting the trail use at the Spring Creek Trailhead and working with Swaner to get people off the Glenwild Road crossing and allow them to use the bridge to get over from the parking lot," Jordan said.
Private easement obtained
Basin Recreation received a crucial easement from the water family in Silver Creek that will grant trail access through their lot for the upcoming Wasatch Trail to be built later this year.
The Wasatch Trail will connect public trails in Glenwild to the I-80 underpass on the east side of Silver Creek, running along a 1.5-mile path adjacent to Wasatch Way. Jordan said that easements obtained from Glenwild and The Preserve were also important in helping to secure the construction of this trail.
The trail will be four to six feet wide with construction expected to run from mid-July to mid-October. The section that runs through the Bywater property will be named the Chris M. Nielsen Trail in memory of a late family member, according to a Basin Recreation release.
"This is a huge example of private property owners giving us easements for what was the final, crucial link for a trail connection," Jordan said, who emphasized that more contracts for trails are yet to be awarded. "We'll be spending close to $3.5 million on all trail projects this year."