It is expected to be another crowded weekend on Main Street the week after the Park City Kimball Arts Festival drew tens of thousands to the street.
The bicyclists in the grueling Tour of Utah will finish the race in Park City on Sunday. The finish will be held alongside the Park Silly Sunday Market, and City Hall is preparing for a crowd of between 15,000 and 20,000 on Sunday, far more people than would be on Main Street on a typical Sunday in the summer.
City staffers and the organizers of the two events earlier agreed to put on a daylong affair on Main Street that will force the Silly Market from its usual location on lower Main Street.
The Tour of Utah will occupy the stretch of lower Main Street that is normally where the Silly Market is situated. The Silly Market will be moved to the upper section of the street, between 5th Street and the Swede Alley intersection.
"It's going to feel like a festival," said Heinrich Deters, the City Hall staffer who has had a large role in the logistical plans.
The Tour of Utah's final stage will be in and around Park City, with the racers expected to start the stage at 12:10 p.m. on lower Main Street with two laps in Old Town. Deters said the bicyclists will leave Park City on Deer Valley Drive, Bonanza Drive and S.R. 248. They will then head to the East Side of Summit County -- Brown's Canyon, Peoa, Oakley, Kamas and Woodland.
They will then ride into Heber and Midway, both in Wasatch County, before climbing to Guardsman Pass from the Wasatch County side of the mountains. They will re-enter Park City via Marsac Avenue
The riders are expected to reach the finish on Main Street at approximately 3:30 p.m.
There will be temporary road closures on Deer Valley Drive, Heber Avenue and Park Avenue between 11:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. At some points between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. there will be temporary road closures at Guardsman Pass and on Marsac Avenue, Royal Street and Deer Valley Drive.
The route within the Park City limits includes Marsac Avenue, the Guardsman Connection, Silver Lake Village, Royal Street, Deer Valley Drive, 9th Street and Main Street.
Drivers will not be allowed onto Main Street or Swede Alley during the day without Tour of Utah credentials. The China Bridge garage, though, will be accessible from Marsac Avenue. Parking will cost $10. People who hold parking passes for China Bridge, designated CB, will be allowed to park on the top level of the garage or in the lot on the north side of the Marsac Building.
Satellite parking lots with shuttle buses to Main Street will be operating at Richardson Flats, Park City High School and Canyons.
Deters said large video screens showing the race will be put up on lower Main Street and at the Main Street-5th Street intersection. He said lower Main Street and the Town Lift Plaza will provide good vantages for spectators watching the race live.
Staffers have been preparing for Sunday for months, informing Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council in the spring of the possibility of large crowds on Sunday. At the time, a staffer indicated the day could be one of the busiest of the summer.
The Tour of Utah schedule last included Park City in 2010, when a timed criterion was held on Main Street. The bicyclists drew a substantial crowd for the criterion, which likely was not as heavily attended as the finish will be this weekend.