FARMINGTON -- Wanting to complete a nine-mile stretch of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail on the south end of Davis County has officials applying for a $75,000 grant to perform an environmental study on the project.
The application to the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is to conduct an environmental assessment in realigning a stretch of public trail through Forest Service lands, said Davis County Planner Scott A. Hess.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission ratified the application, expected to be reviewed by the state in August.
The grant would be used to do an inclusive study of the 25-mile Bonneville Shoreline Trail within the county's borders, focusing on the "unfinished sections" of trail within U.S. Forest Service Lands, Hess said.
Any stretch of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to be constructed would be for nonmotorized use only, with the trail 3 to 4 feet wide and consisting of a natural surface, Hess said.
The largest section of unfinished trail in Forest Service lands stretches north nine miles from the county's south border, to the Bountiful High School "B" on the mountainside -- about 400 North in Bountiful, Hess said.
A portion of the designated trail that currently exists through that area is a wide sidewalk along the east side of Bountiful Boulevard, said Barry Burton, Davis County director of planning.
"We want to realign the trail up above the housing," Burton said of relocating that uncompleted stretch further up the mountainside.
Before that can be done, an environmental assessment needs to be completed to determine the impact the trail would have on forest lands.
"So many things have to be done before you undertake a project like this," said Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs.
But significant stretches of shoreline trail are already in place, she said, and this project would only add to the county's effort to complete its trail system.
Working in the county's favor is that Davis County cities with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail crossing their borders have expressed an interest in participating in the trail's completion, Downs said.
About 13.5 miles of unfinished Bonneville Shoreline Trail within the county rest within Forest Service lands, Hess said, the largest portion in south Davis County.
Officials are uncertain what it will cost to construct the 13.5 miles of uncompleted trail.
But should the county obtain the grant and should a study be done, Hess said, it would save the county from having to do future environmental assessments for each section of unfinished trail within U.S. Forest Service lands because the study would have a shelf life of eight to 10 years.
"This is a regional planning thing we're doing here," he said. "It is something that has been needed to be done for a long time."