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Holladay Bike Routes Get A Facelift

Mar 06, 2015 10:34AM ● Published by Tammy Nakamura

Bike trails throughout Holladay will get some much-needed work on them thanks to federal and local grants.

Holladay City has received some grant money for improvements to its bike routes. That’s the good news. The bad news is there is a deadline for spending the money.

In spite of the time crunch, city officials are pleased to get the funds.

“It has been years since the bike routes have seen any improvement,” said Paul Allred, city community development director. “We have a list of priorities and will get to work on those routes first.”

Allred and his staff have developed about eight miles of routes that get first priority. The main spine runs along 2300 East and Holladay Boulevard.

“We want to focus on the routes that connect to schools, parks and similar facilities,” Allred said. “We also sought advice on which routes were most heavily used by the biking community.”

The grants total almost $216,000. The city must use an $80,000 grant from Salt Lake County by June 30. The balance of the money comes from federal grants from the Utah Department of Transportation and the Wasatch Front Regional Council. Those grants require matching funds. The smaller county grant, along with other program money, will be used to leverage the federal grants.

The facelift for the routes includes reflective tape and paint, directional arrows and signs. The plan needs approval by the city council and, then bids for construction will go out in the coming weeks. The bike routes plan is part of the city’s parks and trails master plan.    
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