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S.R. 248 study

The Park City Council has agreed to spend $21,350 to study ways to make the S.R. 248 entryway an easier stretch for drivers and ensure that a planned park-and-ride lot off the state highway will be successful.

The elected officials OK’d a deal with a firm called InterPlan Co., which is based in Midvale. It runs through June 30.

The firm will study ways to shorten the travel time along the entryway, according to a report submitted to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council.

Kent Cashel, the No. 2 person in the Public Works Department, says in the report the study will consider dedicating lanes for buses on S.R. 248, allowing buses to use the highway’s shoulders and creating carpool lanes, among other options.

The firm is also expected to consider the hours a park-and-ride lot should be open and how often buses should loop to the lot.

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The officials picked InterPlan Co. over a proposal from another company, which was priced at almost $70,000, the report to the elected officials says. The other company, Fehr & Peers, indicated it wanted to spend more time on engineering plans, Cashel says in his report.

City officials and others envision the park-and-ride lot, which is planned at Richardson Flats, as a means to reduce traffic on the busy S.R. 248 entryway. The lot is scheduled to debut by the end of 2008.

The stretch of S.R. 248 between Park City and Quinn’s Junction is one of the most congested roads in the Park City area, and many Parkites and commuters complain about the highway.

People who live on the East Side of Summit County, parts of the Snyderville Basin and in Wasatch County regularly use the road. Traffic is especially bad during the ski season and on school days.

Neighborhood park plans

City Hall received eight ideas to build small neighborhood parks in Old Town and Park Meadows after asking firms to submit their plans.

Matt Twombly, the city staffer who handles park plans, says the firms are from Park City or the Salt Lake Valley. He does not provide details about the submittals.

City Hall is readying to design the two parks, and officials will pick a firm to assist. It is unclear when one of the firms will be selected.

One of the parks is slated for 2392 Holiday Ranch Loop Road, at the site of the dirt-jump park. Twombly says City Hall intends to keep the dirt-jump park at the site, but officials want to add parking spaces, restrooms and, possibly, a picnic area. The designs would not be decided until a firm is hired and regular Parkites provide opinions.

The other park would be at 130 Grant Ave., on a little less than one acre. Twombly says a small plaza and connections to trails could be put on the land. He says the designers might use discarded wood from an old garage to build a new structure to provide shade on the site once the plans are finalized.

Twombly says City Hall wants to build the Grant Avenue park in 2008, but the one on Holiday Ranch Loop Road might be delayed until 2009. The local government has $700,000 set aside for the work at the two sites.

He says neighborhood parks are popular with people who live nearby. They do not want to always go to City Park and desire options that are closer, Twombly says.

"People like to just walk in the neighborhood," he says.

City Hall has built other neighborhood parks outside the Racquet Club and near the Sidewinder Drive-Comstock Drive intersection.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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