The Jordan River Parkway is Complete! New Bridge Opens November 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah – November 18, 2017 – The brand new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the Union Pacific Railway between 200 S and N. Temple opens today for bicyclists and pedestrians. The addition of the bridge and new section completes the Jordan River Parkway Trail!

[Note: to access the bridge from the south, start at 200 S and the Jordan River at 1200 W. in Salt Lake City, 84104. To access the brige from the north, go to 1200 W and N. Temple, Salt Lake City, 84116]

 

The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge, as seen from the east, over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis

Salt Lake City has been working hard to complete this section. A press release stated:

The completion of the Jordan River Parkway Trail has been a major initiative of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, the State of Utah and the entire Jordan River community. One of the most challenging projects has been the completion of the trail over the active railroad lines between North Temple and 200 South. Through a partnership between Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, the State of Utah, the Jordan River Commission, Rocky Mountain Power, Utah State Fair Park, Union Pacific Railroad, and Salt Lake Garfield and Western Railway, this last section of the trail has been completed.

The new Jordan River Trail section consists of an arch bridge to span three mainline railroad tracks, connecting ramps and connecting asphalt trail sections. There is also one at-grade rail crossing of a lightly used, railyard track. Safety features at this at-grade crossing will include bedstead barriers, flashing-light signals and bells

Total clear span length of the bridge is about 270 feet, total length of the bridge with ramps is about 1,200 feet.

The Jordan River Trail has been planned since the 1970s. Now that it’s complete, the trail, along with its connections to the Legacy trail on the north and the Murdock Canal Trail on the south, provide over 100 miles of continuous off-street paved trail. This trail system is an asset to the community, promoting alternative transportation modes, healthy lifestyles and allows residents to experience nature within their city.

A grand opening celebration will take place on November 18, 2017 with a 5K fun run and ribbon cutting at the Fisher Mansion.

RACE START, 9 am: 17th South River Park (1150 W 1700 S, SLC, UT 84104)

RACE END: Fisher Mansion (1206 W 200 S, SLC, UT 84104)

For details on the event, click here

Cycling Utah took a trip to the bridge. We present this photo gallery below of this great new addition to cycling in Salt Lake City.

These signs won't be necessary now that the new section of Jordan River Trail is open. Photo by Dave Iltis
A map showing where the Folsom Trail will intersect the Jordan River Trail. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge, looking north, over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
Foam on the water of the Jordan River. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Gadsby Trailhead. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Utah State Liquor Store is just to the west of the new section of the Jordan River Parkway. They need better bike racks. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new parking lot at the Gadsby Trailhead on the Jordan River Parkway. Photo by Dave Iltis
The N. Temple shared use path feeds right into the Gadsby Trailhead and the new section of the Jordan River Parkway. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Gadsby Trailhead at N. Temple where it crosses the Jordan River Parkway. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new section of the Jordan River Parkway Trail near the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
Awesome new wayfinding signs have been installed on the Jordan River Parkway Trail . Photo by Dave Iltis
Awesome new wayfinding signs have been installed on the Jordan River Parkway Trail . Photo by Dave Iltis
Geese on the Jordan River. Photo by Dave Iltis
Mallard ducks on the Jordan River. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Days of 47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark. Photo by Dave Iltis
Grafitti mars a new wayfinding sign on the Jordan River Parkway. Photo by Dave Iltis
Constitution Park on the Jordan River Parkway has an offleash dog park. Photo by Dave Iltis
Closed gate at the Utah State Fairgrounds. Photo by Dave Iltis
When ducks fly. Photo by Dave Iltis
Dirt or pavement on the Jordan River Parkway, just north of N. Temple. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Utah State Fairgrounds are closed where the trail intersects. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Jordan River Parkway as it passes by the Fairgrounds. Photo by Dave Iltis
A bridge over the Jordan River, just north of N. Temple. Photo by Dave Iltis
The trail could use a little TLC just north of N. Temple. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Jordan River Parkway Trail, just north of N. Temple. Photo by Dave Iltis
Great new wayfinding signs have been installed on the Jordan River Parkway. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Jordan River Trail crosses N. Temple. Photo by Dave Iltis
Fairpark Drive and N. Temple. Photo by Dave Iltis
SLGW Railroad sign. Photo by Dave Iltis
The bridge over the Jordan River just south of N. Temple. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Jordan River Pedestrian (and Bicycling) Bridge is now open. Photo by Dave Iltis
Gates will go here. The question is, will the be friendly for tandems and for double wide baby strollers. The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
Boaters be careful. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
West Salt Lake City as seen from the new Jordan River Parkway Bridge. Photo by Dave Iltis
Downtown Salt Lake City as seen from the new Jordan River Parkway Bridge. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Jordan River, as seen from the new bridge. Photo by Dave Iltis
A view from the new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
The north entrance to the new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Templem, which is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Folsom Trail will intersect the new section of the Jordan River Parkway Trail at about 200 N. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Fisher Mansion. The building will be restored and turned into a public space. The new Jordan River Parkway Bridge over the railyard between 200 S and N. Temple is open for bikes and pedestrians. Photo by Dave Iltis
New wayfinding signage on the Jordan River Parkway. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Jordan River Parkway Trail under I-80. Photo by Dave Iltis
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