May 26, 2023 – Rail Trail Corridor Update, Noxious Weed Season & Road Projects

This week we cover…

  • Updates About the Rail Trail Corridor Project
  • Public Works Appreciation Week
  • Noxious Season
  • Road Projects Download

Ok…let’s get into the news.

Rail Trail Corridor Project Approved in Council

This week, the Summit County Council approved the Rail Trail Corridor Plan which has been two years in the making. The plan focuses on improving the Rail Trail Corridor from Echo to Quinn’s Junction.

The next steps in the plan include meeting with Utah State Parks to discuss a change in ownership, management, and maintenance. Currently the trail is managed and maintained by Utah State Parks and the County is looking into taking over these responsibilities. For more information and to keep up to date with the project’s progress, visit

Public Works Week

We want to take a moment to express our gratitude for the employees of the Public Works Department. This week was National Public Works Week and all the employees of the Public Works Department deserve a huge “thank you” for all they do year-round to take care of our County and ensure things are running safely and smoothly. If our listeners want to leave a message of gratitude to the County’s Public Works Department, you can do so at

It’s Weeds Season – Equipment Available for Rent

Shifting gears within the Public Works realm to talk about the Summit County Weed Division. Springtime is prime time noxious weed season! The Weeds Division is responsible for identifying and eliminating noxious weeds in the county, as well as educating the public about how to identify and control noxious weeds on their own property.

You can also rent some weed spraying equipment from us at 1735 S. Hoytsville Rd. in Coalville Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. They have a variety of sprayers for rent, and herbicide for sale as well!

Please take some time and read the information provided on under the Public Works tab and contact the Weed Division at 435-336-3992 with any comments, suggestions, or questions that you have.

Upcoming and Ongoing Road Work

We also wanted to give our listeners a quick overview of some ongoing and upcoming road projects we think you’ll want a heads up about!

In case you missed it, UDOT crews have started work on US-40 from SR-248 to the Wasatch County line. 

The most up to date schedule we have from UDOT is… 

  • From Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29: Crews will be off the road for the the holiday weekend.
  • Then, from Tuesday, May 30 through Saturday, June 3: there will be daytime single lane closures on US40 in both directions from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for concrete grinding operations.
  • And, finally, from Monday, June 5 through Saturday, June 10: there will be continued daytime single lane closures  on US 40  in both directions from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for concrete grinding operations. Nighttime ramp closures are tentatively planned – equipment and weather pending.

For more information about the project, please visit

Bitner Ranch Rd. to Silver Creek Rd. Connector Project Begins

The Bitner Ranch Rd. to Silver Creek Rd. Connector Project is anticipated to begin the week of June 5. The first area to experience slow-downs will be where US-40 meets Silver Creek Rd. by the Sinclair gas station. Traffic in and out of the service area along Silver Creek Rd. will be one-lane, and there will be flaggers directing cars.

This first stage of the project entails the beginning of work to the south end of the new civic center which includes a Parking Lot and a mailboxes area. Residents will be able to use the existing mail area until the new one is set up.

Do you have questions about the project? Contact Spencer Nielson, Summit County Roads Engineer at 435-336-3291, or via email at
If you are a resident that wants to stay in the know throughout the project, please subscribe to our mailing list at As for all these roads projects, we’ll be posting project updates on all Summit County social media channels, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!