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Money OK’d for Parleys trail study

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A non-motorized pathway connecting Snyderville to Salt Lake would work for Summit County residents who commute to the city daily, a Park City trails advocate told the Summit County Commission.

"So many of our residents work in Salt Lake City," Mountain Trails Foundation Executive Director Carol Potter said Wednesday. "If you build it, they’ll come."

This week, the Summit County Commission agreed to provide $10,000 to determine the feasibility of a trail along Interstate 80 in Parleys Canyon.

Should the study determine the trail would be an effective alternative transportation route, construction wouldn’t likely begin until 2010, Potter explained.

"This stuff takes a long time," she said.

Salt Lake will fund most of the roughly $60,000 feasibility study.

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"I would love to be a part of this," Potter said about the possibility of her participating in the study.

Meanwhile, among those who support building the "bikeway" is Tour de France stage winner Dave Zabriskie, who has trained in Utah, Summit Park resident Gordon Stam claimed.

Stam insisted the contribution from Summit County would help to ensure a more complete feasibility study.

"Calling the project a ‘trail’ is somewhat of a misnomer," Stam wrote in e-mail to The Park Record. "It’s actually a bikeway that will mainly use existing roads to allow for travel by bicycle from the county line at Summit Park down to Mountain Dell golf course."

Cyclists then could access the Salt Lake valley via Emigration Canyon.

"To do this, two roads that run on either side of I-80, east of Lambs Canyon, would have to be connected by a tunnel," explained Stam, who has encouraged construction of the trail for more than a year.

From there, cyclists could follow a new trail around the golf course to begin climbing Emigration Canyon, he added.

"Right now, the only way to make this trip is to ride on a shoulder of I-80. The goal of this project is to provide an alternative," according to Stam.

Another benefit of the tunnel installed for the trail would be greater access for emergency response vehicles to Summit Park, a mountain subdivision where wildfire danger is high, he added.