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Pathway planned along busy stretch of Park City road

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City on Monday plans to begin building a pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists along a busy section of Park Avenue.

The work, which is scheduled to continue into the fall, involves Park Avenue as it passes a heavily developed part of the city.

On the west side of the street, the work will stretch between the Kearns Boulevard and Empire Avenue intersections. Crews hired by City Hall will remove the sidewalk and replace it with an 8-foot-wide pathway separated from the road with four feet of landscaped buffer.

On the east side of the street, meanwhile, the sidewalk will be removed and replaced with a pathway ranging in width from eight feet wide to 10 feet wide with accompanying landscaping in some locations.

The work will occur between the Homestake Road intersection and the 1200 block of Deer Valley Drive, which is where the Christian Center of Park City is located.

Heinrich Deters, the trails and open space program manager at City Hall, said substantial completion is expected by Nov. 15. The work on the west side of the street will start first and continue through the summer. The work on the east side of the street, where more businesses are located, will occur in the fall as the crowds thin.

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Deters said the work is expected to cost $960,000. The project will primarily be funded with proceeds from a voter-approved bond that raised money for pedestrian and bicyclist upgrades.

The overall project also includes replacing a section of water line, redoing a bus stop and installing conduit for fiber optics. Other funding sources will pay for that work.

Deters said the work hours will run from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. He said there will be temporary lane closures along the route of the project.

Park City leaders have aggressively pursued pedestrian and bicyclist improvements in an effort to encourage people to walk or ride bicycles instead of driving. There is a network of pathways and trails that connects many important destinations and bicycle lanes elsewhere. The work is part of Park City’s efforts to reduce traffic and emissions.

More information is available by contacting April Gordon, a consultant to the project. She is reachable at 631-2131 or aprilg@horrocks.com.

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