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Empire Avenue is next on City Hall’s redo list

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

A section of Empire Avenue is scheduled to be rebuilt this year as part of City Hall’s ongoing efforts to improve Old Town streets.

The work will follow a series of similar projects on other neighborhood roads in the past decade.

The street between Silver King Drive and the Lowell Avenue intersection will be redone as part of the work. It is a 3,300-foot stretch of road, according to Park City Engineer Matt Cassel.

The city engineer said the road surface will be replaced and new curbs and gutters will be installed. He said the crews also will replace a water line, a gas line and part of the sewer line. The roadwork itself is expected to cost $1.8 million. The price tag on the utility lines has not been calculated, he said, noting that the water line is in especially poor condition.

Cassel said City Hall wants the project started by late May and finished by Oct. 15. He anticipates the project will be put out to bid in mid-April.

An open house is scheduled on Tuesday to allow people to learn about the project and provide feedback. It is slated to start at 5 p.m. and last two hours in the Park City Council chambers at the Marsac Building.

Cassel, other City Hall staffers and a consultant assisting with the project are expected to attend. The city engineer said he anticipates people at the open house will ask questions about topics like sidewalks, parking and efforts to reduce traffic speeds. He said the people on Empire Avenue might also want to learn about underground conduits that would allow overhead utility lines to be buried someday.

Cassel said officials are not timing the work on Empire Avenue to coincide with the Treasure development. The project site is just off Empire Avenue along the route of the Town Lift, but a Treasure timeline is not certain. Cassel said Treasure-related traffic will have a larger impact on Lowell Avenue than it will on Empire Avenue.

City Hall in the years since the 2002 Winter Olympics has redone a series of streets in Old Town in a similar fashion as the plans for Empire Avenue. Sections of Park Avenue and Woodside Avenue have been rebuilt, among others.

For more information about the Empire Avenue plans or the open house, contact Cassel. His phone number is 615-5075. His e-mail address is matt.cassel@parkcity.org .