Sugar House tunnel connection at 1300 East complete

Sugar House tunnel connection at 1300 East complete

After three years of construction on 1300 East and Sugar House, construction is finally over.

SUGAR HOUSE, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - After three years of construction on 1300 East and Sugar House, construction is finally over. As of Friday, the underground tunnel that's been in the making is now open to the public allowing pedestrians and bikers to cross safely by going underneath.

"It is really cool, I had no idea it was here!” said Linsi Wiseman, who runs in Sugarhouse Park regularly. Wiseman says now with the new crossing at 13th she can venture out from her routine while also avoiding the dangers of crossing a busy intersection. "Normally I never pass 13th, so today I got to go to some places I've never run,” said Wiseman.

The crossing has been in the works for 10 years and the last three have been construction. Now the path which starts at the mouth of Parley's Canyon and goes under 1300 east and connects to Hidden Hollow and will eventually go all the way to the Jordan river.

"It gives a safe access for pedestrians and bicyclists to get from Sugarhouse Park into the Hidden Hollow nature area as well as the Sugar House business district,” said Callie Birdsall, the communications manager for the Salt Lake County.

Those utilizing the crossing will also enjoy it's landscaping which will reflect the history of the area, but it also serves another purpose. "13th  East is a dam so we've had to recreate the dam behind us here and allow for future flooding going through here,” said the project manager Walt Gilmore.

According to Wall the Project totaled about $5 million, paid for by federal, state and local county funding, but now we can all enjoy every penny of the 9 mile trail.

"It's exciting it's been a long time coming,” said Richard Emsign who bikes and runs in Sugarhouse Park regularly.

The project manager also says this new addition to Parley’s Trail is the very first east to west trail and will reach Jordan River by 2015. 

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