The Utah Transit Authority and Sandy City on Thursday dedicated a new $3.7 million path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to help connect the Sandy Civic Center TRAX station with the surrounding area.

It includes a tunnel under the TRAX rails, and ties into 10200 South and the Dimple Dell and Sandy Rail trails.

“Pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians will now have further connectivity east to west via Sandy’s extensive trail system,” said Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn. “This project makes access to Sandy City’s open space more convenient for our residents.”

Sandy officials said the project moves it closer to a goal of having a continuous trail system that connects the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the Jordan River Trail.

UTA Board Chair Carlton Christenesen said the project is an “example of what can be accomplished with cities and counties work hand in hand with UTA to improve the transportation options in our communities.”

The project was funded by a $2.2 million federal grant, plus Sandy and Salt Lake County splitting $1.5 million in local costs.

The project includes utility work, retaining walls, fencing, signing and striping, street lighting and tunnel lighting, landscaping and a tunnel security system.