UDOT, Gov. Cox share vision to connect Utahn’s through statewide trail system

SALT LAKE CITY  – In a joint statement Friday, Governor Spencer Cox and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras announced a vision to build a network of trails throughout Utah, hoping to ‘connect Utahns of all ages and abilities to their destinations and communities throughout the state.

“We have heard the public asking for more trails, and we see how trails are bringing people together across the state,” Gov. Cox said in the announcement. “Our vision is about connecting communities in ways that provide additional transportation choices for everyone to commute, to recreate, and to enjoy Utah.”

As outlined by the governor, the vision would be a state-funded program where UDOT will work with local communities to build and maintain trails as part of the state’s transportation system. This will be a sustainable contribution to the quality of life for Utahns and visitors for generations to come.

“I’m excited about what our governor has announced today because it truly has potential to benefit everyone of all ages and abilities,” Braceras said. “We want to give people transportation options and allow them to choose how they want to travel – whether by car, bus, train, walking, or biking – to get where they want to go freely and safely.”

Today’s announcement is the first step from vision to completion. UDOT will collaborate with local leaders and advocates throughout the state to identify and build new trails.

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