November 25, 2006
Neighbors planned testimony
The neighbors who testified at a recent Park City Council meeting about traffic in Prospector had organized beforehand, publishing a flier urging people to attend the meeting.
The flier, which was distributed to Mayor Dana Williams and the City Council before the meeting, says, "we need to voice our concerns, on the record."
"Our best opportunity to bring the changes our neighborhood needs, is to show strong unified support at this meeting," the flier says. "The larger our group, the better our chances to effect meaningful change on each of the issues we will raise."
The flier says that the neighbors had issues like speeding, commuters attempting to avoid the stretch of S.R. 248 outside of Park City High School and people not stopping at stop signs.
The issues in the flier resemble those that the neighbors discussed with the elected officials and also include the potential of more traffic if the North of Main district becomes popular and if more development occurs at Quinn’s Junction, at the S.R. 248-U.S. 40 intersection, east of Park City.
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"Take one evening, stand together, support each other’s concerns and once and for all get the relief our neighborhood desperately needs," the flier says.
The meeting was one of the most boisterous in some time, with people cheering as the neighbors testified.
The mayor and City Council were not scheduled to make decisions at the meeting but it seems that the traffic issues in the neighborhood will be addressed shortly.
Lots of Parkites are unhappy with the amount of traffic in the city and complaints appear to be more widespread in recent years, as Park City’s tourism industry has strengthened and more people have moved to Summit County.
Trapper’s Way accident
City Hall staffers plan to monitor Trapper’s Way, a short stretch of 5th Street, in the aftermath of an accident, Park City Engineer Eric DeHaan says in a report to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council.
According to DeHaan, the accident occurred when a vehicle driving northbound on Park Avenue, which is downhill, collided with another vehicle that, according to DeHaan, appeared to have not stopped at a stop sign at 5th Street.
He says that accidents at the intersection rarely occur and they do not typically happen at similar Old Town intersections where the "steepness and narrowness" keep "drivers well-behaved, usually."
DeHaan says that the city has considered turning 5th Street into a one-way street at the location but says that a historic structure, the Anderson Apartments, has a parking lot that is tough to get into.
The city engineer also says that a two-way 5th Street provides an outlet from upper Park Avenue, which reduces the number of speeding drivers.
"Staff plans to continue to monitor the safety aspects of the Trapper’s Way intersection this winter and consider one-way designations or closures if the accident rate appears to be excessive," DeHaan says.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger