The traffic is normally terrible in Old Town during the Sundance Film Festival, including a backup on Main Street in 2013, pictured. City Hall recommends drivers take Deer Valley Drive to Marsac Avenue if they are headed to Main Street. Park Record file photo
There is the Sundance Film Festival film guide -- the catalog of movies and screening times that people will be seen carrying around Park City starting next week.
But that guide might not help Parkites as they prepare to brave the crowds that will arrive on Thursday. So, City Hall has published what it calls "A Local's Guide to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival." Posted on the municipal website as the festival neared, the Local's Guide provides information about navigating Park City during what is typically the busiest time of the year in the city.
The Local's Guide is one of the City Hall information pieces published in anticipation of Sundance. It covers numerous festival-related topics.
The intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue, shown during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is packed with pedestrians through much of the day during the festival. There will be traffic controls there to ensure buses can move through the intersection. Park Record file photo
Some are addressed elsewhere, such as festival ticketing procedures, but other subjects seem to be meant almost exclusively for Parkites faced with everyday tasks during Sundance.
One page of the three-page Locals Guide is especially notable for Parkites. It describes the streets where traffic is expected to be bad and the times. Traffic during Sundance is notoriously some of the worst of the year, and backups are common on important roads.
"Driving is difficult around town, especially near Main Street and Old Town. Many areas are closed to parking and additional parking fees apply in others. Your best option is to avoid driving altogether, carpool, or ride the bus from home," it says.
The Locals Guide provides suggestions for avoiding places where traffic jams could be bad. The locations include: the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue, which sees heavy traffic during the festival as well as large crowds of pedestrians. The Locals Guide indicates there will be traffic controls at the intersection "to help facilitate bus movement by stopping cars and pedestrians frequently." The Locals Guide recommends drivers take Deer Valley Drive to Marsac Avenue and then to the China Bridge garage if they are heading to Main Street.
"From there, you can navigate downtown Park City easily by foot," it says. Park Avenue, which is a key route into and out of the Main Street core. The Locals Guide says Park Avenue backs up normally starting at 3 p.m. The traffic remains bad until at least after 10 p.m., according to the Locals Guide. It recommends people not use Park Avenue to drive to Main Street and points drivers to Deer Valley Drive and the China Bridge garage. It also notes that drivers should adhere to parking signs along Park Avenue. Kearns Boulevard outside the Eccles Center, which is the largest of Sundance's screening rooms in Park City. The Locals Guide says drivers should not choose Kearns Boulevard as it passes the Eccles Center at certain times. They are: between 10:30 a.m. and noon, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. as well as between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The times are based on the screening schedule at the Eccles Center. The Locals Guide also outlines strict parking regulations outside the Eccles Center, which is located on the Park City High School campus.
"Please plan ahead and take alternate transportation to get to Eccles. The free Park City Transit bus is a perfect option for transportation to and from the Eccles Center," the Locals Guide says. the streets close to Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. The Locals Guide notes that traffic is worst in the vicinity of the resorts at 4 p.m., the times when skiers are driving out of the parking lots. It lists Empire Avenue and Lowell Avenue, which are adjacent to PCMR, and lower Deer Valley Drive, which is the key route into and out of Deer Valley.
The Locals Guide, meanwhile, suggests people go to the Main Street post office earlier than 1 p.m. It also says restaurants in Park City are often busy or are hosting private events and are not open to the public. It suggests people call restaurants beforehand.
It also provides details about obtaining screening tickets, outlining options like day-of-show tickets and the waitlist. The Locals Guide mentions the Townie Tuesday screenings for Summit County residents and the Best of Fest tickets for showings of the Sundance award winners.
The Locals Guide is available on City Hall's website, www.parkcity.org. Select the 'Visiting' dropdown menu at the top of the front page, then Sundance Film Festival and then Locals Sundance Guide. The direct link is: http://parkcity.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=812.