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Have thoughts on biking, jogging trails through Red Rock Canyon? BLM wants to know

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FILE - This May 6, 2006 file photo shows two cyclists riding along the 13-mile-long scenic drive at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada.

The Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District is moving forward with an environmental assessment to address potential issues associated with a proposal by the Federal Highway Administration to construct a multi-use trail in sections of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The proposed 5.5-mile trail would start from the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Sky Vista Drive in Summerlin and end at the Red Rock Canyon fee station.

The idea is to give pedestrians and bicyclists a safer place to enjoy the scenery.

They currently travel along the shoulders of State Route 159, amidst heavy vehicle traffic, creating health and safety concerns.

"The trail will be designed for multiple uses including walking/jogging, bicycling and rollerblading. It will conform to Americans with Disabilities Act design standards for accessibility," BLM said in a news release.

The public comment period on a draft environmental assessment is now through May 9. A virtual public meeting is being held on April 14 at 6 p.m. Those interested can register by clicking here

Comments and concerns may be submitted by emailing to BLM_NV_RR_LegacyTrail@blm.gov or sent in writing to the BLM Red Rock/Sloan Field Office, ATTN: Legacy Trail Draft EA, 4701 N. Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, NV 89130. 

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