Additional bike lane set for Highland Dr. |

Additional bike lane set for Highland Dr.

Sarah Moffitt

Due to the Summit County Council providing an additional $200,000 to the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, a paved bike lane will now create a full circuit from the Silver Summit Parkway to the Bitner Road underpass.

With the additional funds, the recreation district will pay for roughly two miles of paved bike lane to complete the trail corridor along Highland Drive that is currently under construction. Cyclists will be able to remain on Highland Drive instead of moving over to the separated paved trail.

According to county engineer Derek Radke, the money for the trail is coming from the county’s Capital Fund, money that was budgeted but never used on previous projects.

County council chair Chris Robinson said it was better to add the additional miles to the bike lane now, when the funds are available and construction is already underway.

"Highland Drive is such a highly used bike corridor that we felt the addition of a bike lane on the road would be a real benefit and help alleviate the congestion on the trail," said Bonnie Park, Public Affairs Manager for Basin Recreation.

The bike lane will accompany the existing dirt trail and isolated paved trail adjacent to Highland Drive and Old Ranch Road.

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"We have seen a huge increase recently in the road biking community and with that comes user conflicts. With this new bike lane we are hoping to support the cyclists and alleviate congestion," said Park. "With all three types of trails, the area will cater to all sorts of mixed recreational uses."

Construction is set to be complete on the bike lane by September.