LAYTON -- The final portion of nearly a marathon's worth of continuous biking and running trails is set to be finished before the summer is out.
By the end of August, work will be finished on paved trails through Layton, Farmington and Roy.
Those three paths will complete a network of trails being built by Utah Transit Authority and cities in Davis and Weber counties on the former Denver Rio Grande Western railway.
The 24-mile-long trail system is a partnership between UTA and the cities the trail runs through -- Roy, Clinton, Clearfield, Layton, Kaysville, Farmington, Centerville and West Bountiful.
UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said the portions of trail through Layton and Farmington will be completed by June 1, while Roy's portion will be complete in August.
West Bountiful, Centerville, Clinton, Clearfield and Kaysville all have their portions of the trail built.
"By the end of summer, we'll basically have a paved trail from West Bountiful to Roy," Carpenter said.
There will be one break in the trail for a railroad crossing near 200 South in Clearfield.
A pedestrian overpass could eventually be built to connect the trail, Carpenter said.
Farmington's trail is 2.1 miles long and is budgeted for $587,000. The city will pay approximately $45,000 of the total cost.
Layton's trail is 2.8 miles and budgeted for $690,919, with the city paying about $47,000.
Roy's is 3 miles and is budgeted for $987,563, with a local match of $66,000.
UTA purchased railroad right of way from Payson to Brigham City to build the FrontRunner commuter rail.
The agency purchased about 175 miles of right of way and, to date, has used about half of it.
UTA will continue to own the trail properties, but the individual cities will manage and maintain them.
The trail system will eventually be integrated with the Legacy Parkway Trail, and there is talk that the system will eventually connect to the Jordan River Parkway trail system in Salt Lake County, resulting in more than 70 miles of connected trails.
UTA reserves the right to convert the system if the state's transportation system ever calls for it.