County Executive Craig Buttars provides updates on numerous projects throughout Cache County

Severe flooding back in February closed a major route between Logan and Mendon. But during the County Hour on KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, Cache County Executive Craig Buttars was pleased to say that the Mendon Road is now open.

“We opened on the 1st of September, actually a couple weeks early. (It was) quicker than what we had planned on doing, based largely on the cooperation and, really, the dedicated efforts of not only the contractor but our county employees in putting things together and opening that back up.”

Buttars said road chip and seal projects have also wrapped up for the year, but now the county will be working to complete many of the about 70 repair projects due to spring flooding before winter hits.

Buttars also said demolition of the old buildings at the fairgrounds should start next Monday. He said over the past month crews have been working to remove asbestos-contaminated windows and things like that from the Home Arts, 4-H and the Community building, as they need to be treated separately from the demolition. A new county events center is to replace the old buildings.

On the same program, was county trails planner Dayton Crites. He said a new interactive trails map can be found at <a href=”http://trails.cachecounty.org” target=”_blank”>trails.cachecounty.org</a>. It displays the many trails that go far into the canyons and other areas in Cache County.

“I would say that standing on the shoulders of giants…what great trails we have here in Cache County. (We’re) fortunate to be surrounded by public lands and all the historic trails that the pioneers put in as they built Cache Valley from scratch,” said Crites.

“It’s a great resource to go out and see what we have both in our public lands and now really starting to connect our communities. A lot of my work has sort of been involved with that.”

One of the newest trails to be developed has been the Highline Trail which starts at the mouth of Logan Canyon.

“So Highline, when they piped that canal, not only is it saving our community a lot of water in our desert environment, not only is it helping us be more efficient in terms of delivering those resources to our farmers and to ourselves, but it’s now this wonderful recreational resource,” explained Crites.

To celebrate one year since that trail opened and to unveil the new Highline Trail Interpretive Walk, the public is invited to the Highline Canal Trail Festival on Saturday, Sept 23rd from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon at Lundstrom Park in Logan. For more information, visit <a href=”http://trails.cachecounty.org” target=”_blank”>trails.cachecounty.org</a>.

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