Trucks return to Bonanza Drive
November 20, 2009
Crews have removed signs banning trucks from using Bonanza Drive, a short-lived restriction that officials abandoned after encountering opposition to the prohibition.
The four signs were removed early in the week. City Hall had posted them close to the Bonanza Drive-Kearns Boulevard intersection and close to the Bonanza Drive-Deer Valley Drive intersection.
Matt Cassel, the Park City engineer, said the decision was an acknowledgement that there were concerns that the impact on traffic patterns had not been thoroughly researched before the signs were put up.
Cassel said City Hall plans to conduct a wide-ranging study of traffic patterns this winter. He said officials had also monitored the patterns of drivers while the signs were posted.
Park City posted the signs in mid-September. They barred trucks with more than two axles from Bonanza Drive. Most dump trucks, big delivery trucks, most construction vehicles and all tractor-trailers have more than two axles, the city engineer has said.
The move was an effort to curb the traffic jams along Bonanza Drive, a heavily used road that connects Deer Valley Drive and Kearns Boulevard. Cassel has said that people have the understanding that the trucks cause much of the backups on Bonanza Drive.
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But there were concerns that the prohibition eliminated the most direct route from the east to key destinations like Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Under the prohibition, trucks heading to the resorts from the east were required to use roads like Kearns Boulevard, Park Avenue and Deer Valley Drive, which themselves often are clogged during the ski season.
The Park City Police Department, meanwhile, wondered how aggressively officers would be asked to patrol Bonanza Drive, with a police captain saying manpower would need to be shifted if tight enforcement was requested.
Drivers have complained for years about the traffic on Bonanza Drive, and the backups on the road are some of the worst in the city. The signs were put up as the first year of a two-year redo of the road ended. More work is planned in 2010.