LAYTON -- City officials want to make sure residents are safe when using the Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail, which is nearly completed through Layton.
The city recently reached an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority to construct pedestrian-crossing signal devices where the trail will cross West Hill Field Road.
"To get that trail in is going to be so nice because it will go from Weber County all the way to Salt Lake County," said Mayor Steve Curtis. "If you want to go for a walk, that's the trail to walk."
Crews will start construction April 20 on the crossing signal and should be done by May 15.
Brock Hill, Layton's parks division superintendent, said all sections of the trail should be complete by the end of May. That will be just in time for residents to fully enjoy the trail this summer.
A crew will install the electronic flashing signals, which can be activated by joggers, bicyclists or anyone else using the trail.
The trail users will activate the signals by pressing a button when they reach the intersection.
The signals operate for both directions of traffic and serve as a warning only. They are not designed to stop vehicular traffic to allow trail users to cross.
Along with warning signs, a raised median will be constructed in the middle of the road, Hill said.
"That's to help give pedestrians a safety zone, so once they cross one lane, they can rest and continue on."