Gateway Trail project seeking public comment

A $1.2 million project to design and construct the Logan Canyon Gateway Trail requires public comment and there is an open house for that purpose Thursday, 5-8 p.m., at the Cache County Administration Building Multi-Purpose Room. Cache County, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), is conducting this public open house. “We’re trying to connect the

<a href=””>walking trail that is at the Stokes Nature Center all the way down to the mouth of the canyon</a>

,” said Josh Runhaar, Director of Development Services for Cache County. “Right now there is about a three quarters of a mile gap which you either have to drive up or walk on the shoulder of the road.” Runhaar said Cache County is partnering with Logan City and UDOT and other agencies to create the connection for walkable trail access all the way up. “We are partnering with Logan City so we can come down a gravel roadway that is on top of the DeWitt Springs pipeline. But from there we have to go both over the road and over the river. We will be building an underpass under the roadway at the bridge there near the Stokes entrance. Then we will have to put a pedestrian bridge in place over the river.” He said this involves

<a href=””>600-700 feet of improvements to make that connection</a>

. “We will be making some improvements down near Ray Hugie Park. You’ll be able to connect all the way down into First Dam Park and also up to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. We would make a little bit of improvement on the DeWitt Springs Road and you would be able to able to essentially walk up and down the canyon from First Dam Park. About $900,000 for the project is coming through UDOT in transportation enhancement funds from the federal government. Other money is from State Trails and the remainder from the County and Logan City RAPZ dollars. “That has been the core of how we’ve gotten this project funded because all of the other sources require a match, and the RAPZ dollars have really put that money together for us,” said Runhaar.

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