The project will include reworking and rerouting sections of the trail from 100 West to 500 West; installing a new bridge and rerouting an existing portion of the trail to the other side of the creek; stabilizing existing bridges and adding measures to help alleviate erosion in these and other areas; creating a new trailhead access off 200 South to cross Pack Creek and installing a concrete culvert bridge that will provide access to the existing unpaved Mill Creek Parkway trail system; planting new trees and vegetation in the area and utilizing local and native species of trees and plants.
“At different points during the project this entire section of trail will be closed to through traffic of any kind,” said Moab City Parks, Recreation and Trails Manager Tif Miller
The project will also include the planting of new trees and vegetation as well as utilizing local and native species of trees and plants.
“We will also be incorporating tree education to youth and anyone else who may be interested,” Miller said, adding that dates for those educational programs will be announced at a later time.
Work on the project this spring will end on May 31 in order to avoid any impacts to the nesting season of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said the bird may be present along lower Pack Creek, although no specific sightings of the western yellow-billed cuckoo have been reported. The bird, which is listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act, spends June through August nesting in willow and riparian forests west of the Continental Divide.
If the Mill Creek project is not finished by May 31 work will resume after Sept. 1, Miller said.