Soil haul launches
July 25, 2008
Dump truck crews early in the week started hauling contaminated soil from an Old Town site to the Richardson Flats storage facility where problem soil has been put for safekeeping.
City Hall and a nearby developer own separate parts of the Old Town land, which is known as the Alice Lode and is situated just past a gate at the end of King Road. The developer, King Development Group, LLC, owns about nine acres and City Hall has just less than two acres.
Jeff Schoenbacher, who is City Hall’s environmental specialist, says the soil at the site contains lead, arsenic and cadmium. He says the crews intend to remove 3,000 cubic-yards of material, about 250 dump truck loads, from the former silver-mining site.
The material sits in the Silver Creek watershed, which City Hall and environmental regulators have long tried to protect. The local government and the developer are removing the contaminated soil voluntarily, meaning the regulators are not requiring the operation.
The developer is paying for the removal.
The property has been deemed a brownfield site, and Schoenbacher says it is the only place in Park City with that designation. Land classified as brownfield must be cleaned up before it can be developed.
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The dump trucks will descend King Road to Swede Alley. They will drive north on Swede Alley, turn south onto Deer Valley Drive and circle the Old Town roundabout. The trucks will then head north on Deer Valley Drive, turn onto Bonanza Drive and turn onto eastbound Kearns Boulevard. They will follow Kearns Boulevard, which is part of the state highway system and also known as S.R. 248, to the storage facility.
The silver-mining industry dominated Park City’s economy from the 19th century through the middle of the 20th century. Contaminated soils have been found in numerous locations stretching from the Prospector neighborhood to Empire Canyon south of Old Town.
There have been several high-profile operations to remove contaminated soils similar to the one at Alice Lode. There has been little publicity about the Alice Lode. Previous dump truck operations have upset neighbors elsewhere in Park City.
The dump trucks in the Alice Lode haul will work Mondays through Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. City Hall expects the operation will last until mid-September.
Mountain Trails Foundation, an advocacy group, says several trails will be closed while the haul occurs. Information about the trail closures is available on the foundation’s Web site, http://www.mountaintrails.org.