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City Hall starts pedestrian talks

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Park City leaders recently started what will be an intense exercise to divvy up $15 million to upgrade pedestrian and bicyclist routes, but there was only moderate interest from regular Parkites.

Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council heard from a few people, with some of the discussion involving Comstock Drive, a street that links Kearns Boulevard with Sidewinder Drive through Prospector.

Some, including City Councilman Jim Hier, said more deliberations are needed before finalizing a plan for Comstock Drive. People who live on the street have long been upset with the amount of traffic.

The elected officials listened to comments about an idea to build a sidewalk on Comstock Drive, with neighbors worrying about losing parking spaces if a sidewalk is put in and asking whether people who live on Comstock Drive will shovel snow from a sidewalk if it’s built.

Williams, meanwhile, suggested Comstock Drive motorists might speed up if a sidewalk is built since there will be more space between pedestrians and drivers. Traffic engineers have described that scenario to Williams, the mayor said.

Tom Hurd, a critic of the planned upgrades, told the elected officials there are not problems in Park City.

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"I don’t think we’re looking at any hotspots that require immediate action," Hurd said.

The City Councilors next month are expected to endorse a range of improvements using the $15 million, with upgrades on Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard being among the most ambitious.

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