Bonanza stretch will close |

Bonanza stretch will close

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The stretch of Bonanza Drive between upper Iron Horse Loop and Deer Valley Drive is scheduled to shut down for five weeks starting at approximately 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Matt Cassel, the Park City engineer, said he expects the portion of road to reopen by Oct. 15.

The road crews will remove the asphalt on the street, install curbs and gutters and then put down a new layer of asphalt. The work is part of a two-year redo of the busy road, which connects Kearns Boulevard and Deer Valley Drive.

The workers, meanwhile, are installing a water line underneath the road. The water line will run from the Deer Valley Drive intersection to a point just south of Kearns Boulevard.

Cassel said the upcoming closure is timed to occur after the busy summer tourism season. The number of visitors typically drops dramatically after Labor Day.

"We’re into the shoulder months. Things slow down," Cassel said.

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He said, though, the closure will be a hassle to drivers. He hopes Parkites are aware of the closure beforehand and said there will be fewer visitors driving in Park City in the fall who might not realize the road is closed.

"We’re realists. We know it’s going to be impactful," Cassel said.

The roadwork team is talking to people along Bonanza Drive each Wednesday and more than 90 people are receiving regular updates though text messages.

The primary alternate route once the stretch of road shuts down will be Kearns Boulevard and Park Avenue.

The work started in August, and there have been regular traffic delays on Bonanza Drive.

The work this year is a prelude to another phase scheduled in 2010. Next year’s roadwork, through the Bonanza Drive business district is expected to have wider impacts on the stores and restaurants along the road.

The roadwork team is posting updates on the project’s Web site, A hotline has also been set up. The number is 615-5190.