By Charles Pekow
Six or seven years from now, cycling along State Road 30 in Cache County, UT will become safer and more fun. Improvements to the route got the final go-ahead from the feds, unless anyone challenges the plan in court. The Federal Highway Administration and Utah Department of Transportation announced final approval for the safety and capacity building project, slated to run between State Road 23 and 1000 West in Logan City, passing the Cutler Reservoir and Cutler Marina. Deadline to file suit to block the project arrives March 25.
Cyclists have not used the road much because of a lack of shoulders, an environmental impact study found. The plan includes a 12-foot wide bikepath as well as shoulders. Construction should take place in 2024-25, according to Brandon Weston, UDOT director of environmental services. Financing is lined up and land acquisition and design are in the works, he says.
“Bicycling is starting to be a more prominent part of the conversation when it comes to highway improvements around the state and that's a good thing,” Weston says.