Major Bonanza Drive work nears |

Major Bonanza Drive work nears

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Key figures in the upcoming reconstruction of Bonanza Drive plan to hold an open house on Tuesday, an opportunity for Parkites and businesspeople to learn about what is expected to be a hassle this summer for many people who live in Park City as well as commuters.

The open house is scheduled from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Miners Hospital. City Hall officials, representatives from the Utah Department of Transportation and people from the contractor, Granite Construction Incorporated, are expected to attend.

The event is slated approximately two weeks before the July 6 scheduled start of the work on Bonanza Drive, a widely used road that connects Kearns Boulevard and Deer Valley Drive. Matt Cassel, the Park City engineer, anticipates the work will begin just after Independence Day, with a completion date in November.

The Park City Council recently authorized spending nearly $4.2 million on the work, arranging the contract with Granite Construction through state transportation officials. Combined with last year’s work on Bonanza Drive, approximately $5.4 million will be spent. Cassel said City Hall’s portion of the two-year total will be approximately $3.9 million, with federal grants making up most of the rest of the difference.

Granite Construction performed the first phase of work last year.

Some of the work scheduled on Bonanza Drive this year includes:

Redoing the road and replacing the sidewalks on both sides between Kearns Boulevard and Iron Horse Drive

Installing new sewer lines

Installing a replacement section of water line along a stretch of Bonanza Drive

Building a pedestrian-bicyclist tunnel close to the Rail Trail

There are concerns that the work this year will have wider impacts on traffic and the Bonanza Drive business corridor since the crews will be working along the busiest stretch of the street. Last year, the work was outside the business corridor.

Bonanza Drive is a heavily traveled road used by Parkites and commuters from places like the East Side of Summit County and Wasatch County. It is frequently clogged during rush hours.

For more information about the work, visit the project’s websites — or

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