Rail Trail Will Close Tuesday and Wednesday For Repairs
The Rail Trail from Bonanza Drive to Richardson Flat Road will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday this week for repairs.
The Park City Council budgeted $850,000 this year to make improvements to the iconic trail that travels 28 miles from Park City to Echo Reservoir, just north of Coalville. However, the city funds will only be used for about the first 3 miles of the paved trail between Bonanza Drive and the Park City Heights neighborhood.
Park City Streets Supervisor Casey Coleman says the trail will be closed at both ends and at all connections starting at 7 o’clock Tuesday morning. Signs have been up for the last week, alerting trail users.
“We're going to be sealing the trail,” Coleman said. “We've gone through, and we've patched potholes. And now we're going to on Tuesday, we're going to be going through and putting down the crack seal. So, we're going to be filling all the cracks that are on the trail. And then on Wednesday, we're going to come back in and seal the whole trail.”
The trail will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Even though it will be sealed with an asphalt product, Coleman says the trail will be ready for use after 7 p.m. each day.
The Rail Trail is officially a state park and was maintained for years by the Mountain Trails Foundation. However, several years ago, the grant was awarded to another 3rd party organization for the entire 28 miles of trail.
In April, the Park City council decided to take over the nearly three miles of trail that is within the city limits. The $850,000 will be used for surface improvements, benches, possibly some lighting and even widening the trail in places.