ST. GEORGE – A new section of bicycle path to be constructed alongside old Highway 91 will increase the safety of a popular bike route on the west side of Washington County.
At a regular meeting Tuesday, the Washington County Commission agreed to contribute funds and materials to a bike path that will be built next to old Highway 91 through the Shivwits Reservation.
“It’s just one segment of what is hoped to be a master-planned trail that people can get on a bike and go all the way up to Gunlock without getting in the road,” Commissioner Zachary Renstrom said.
The route is designated in the county master plan as a bike route and is becoming more popular. Ivins City officials have plans to add a bike lane to the highway through Ivins as well, Renstrom said.
“The more we can avoid car and bike interaction, the better,” he said. “We’ll keep working our way up the road.”
The county will be assisting the Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe by contributing base material, asphalt, culverts and pavement markings at a cost of $41,028. The Shivwits Band is spending $500,000 received from a grant on the project.
The project will include a new section of bike trail along with a highway crossing near the Shivwits Convenience Store located at 5861 W. Highway 91, improving safety for bike riders and pedestrians in the area.
The new section of bike path is located about 5 miles west of St. George and will be approximately 1.06 miles long, beginning at mile marker 6 near the Ivins Reservoir and extending west to Shivwits Village.
Construction is ongoing on a 1.5 mile stretch of Highway 91 between Santa Clara City and Ivins, a project which involves widening the road and adding bike lanes.
In other business the county approved a new logo, renewed an agreement with Zions Bank for municipal financial advisory services, and approved a time-and-a-half pay policy for county road and public works employees for emergency work required during events such as flooding and snowstorms.
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