Utah News
7:09 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Bike, pedestrian trail system in the works in Moab

The federal government this week awarded 2.5-million dollars for recreational development in north Moab.

UPR’s Moab correspondent Vicki Barker reports:

The old Lions Club Park at the Colorado River bridge can now develop into a sophisticated recreational use area.

With a grant announced this week from the Federal Transit Aministration, a multi-agency committee in Moab will proceed with a bike-and-pedestrian trail system. It will link parks, recreation areas and the river, to Moab.

Representatives of Arches and Canyonlands national parks and the Bureau of Land Management played a major role in obtaining the funds.

Ultimately, the Colorado Riverway Path, and North Moab Recreation Areas Alternative Transportation System project will incorporate visitor facilities at the bridge.

The 2.5-million-dollar grant for local works is part of nearly $50-million dollars awarded nationwide. Federal transportation and transit officials OK’d the funds to provide alternative means of transportation in scenic and protected areas. The idea is to encourage cleaner, greener means of transport than cars.

The funds will be administered by federal agencies in partnership with Moab City and Grand County.

In Moab, I’m Vicki Barker, Utah Public Radio news