FARMINGTON -- While construction on the last portion of the Denver & Rio Grande Western rail trail will be complete by October, maintaining the 25-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail is still up for discussion.
In a project led by Farmington City Manager Dave Millheim, the D&RGW rail trail will be paved from approximately Glovers Lane in Farmington, to about Parrish Lane in Centerville.
The project is scheduled to begin by the first of September and should only take about 30 days to complete.
When the project is finished, the D&RGW trail will be fully paved from Roy to West Bountiful.
Davis County Planner Scott Hess said the county, Farmington and Centerville have been working to complete the last section of trail for much of the past two years. The final section of trail runs through much of what is now unincorporated Davis County.
Hess said that maintenance of the trail is presently done on a city by city basis, where individual cities are responsible for maintaining their own portion of the trail -- but that could change soon.
"I imagine we'll get city leadership together to come up with an agreement to provide some kind of base level of maintenance or something where every city puts money into a pot and a single entity will do all of the maintenance," he said.
Hess said the latter option is preferable and has worked well on another heavily used trail in Davis County.
"For the past two summers, Davis County has had the contract to maintain the Legacy Parkway trail," Hess said. "Now we have one entity maintaining that entire trail and it's really worked out well."
The Parkway trail was built in 2008, along with the Legacy Parkway. The Utah Department of Transportation maintained the trail for the first year of it's existence, but after that, trail maintenance was sporadic until the county took over.
Hess said maintenance by a single entity also makes the most sense for the D&RGW trail.
"Whatever we do (to maintain the trail), we just want people to know exactly what they're getting," Hess said. "It's more than 25 miles and it's very heavily used, so we'd like some uniformity there."
The trail runs from 400 North in West Bountiful to about Hinckley Drive in the Roy/West Haven area, right along the D&RGW corridor, just west of the active Union Pacific rail line.
Hess said the area had already been maintained by the railroad for years, so future maintenance work along the trail will be relatively low level.
The entire trail, which spans about 25 miles, is paved with asphalt.
The Utah Transit Authority owns the trail, having gained property rights to the rail corridor in September 2002. UTA holds the right to use the corridor for any commuter rail related purpose if there is ever a need for it.
A popular route for walkers and cyclists, the D&RGW trail connects to other trails in the Top of Utah, like the 14-mile Legacy Parkway trail and the Jordan River Parkway trail.
Hess said a trail counter has been placed on the Jordan River trail, just south of the Davis County boarder, and has counted about 10,000 users per month.
"There's definitely some cross traffic there onto our trails," Hess said. "So that gives you an idea of how much use they get."
The D&RGW trail is currently closed between 200 South and 700 South due to excavation work associated with a massive reconstruction of State Route 193 through Clearfield.
That portion of the trail is expected to reopen sometime in the summer of 2014.