Major roadwork planned on Empire Avenue in 2012 |

Major roadwork planned on Empire Avenue in 2012

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City officials are readying for a major road project in Old Town starting next spring, continuing City Hall’s long-running efforts to improve streets in the neighborhood.

City Hall is preparing to hire an engineering firm for the reconstruction of Empire Avenue. The deadline for interested firms to file paperwork with City Hall was Thursday.

The Park City Council will consider a contract with one of the firms later. The work is scheduled to start in mid-May.

Empire Avenue between Silver King Drive and Lowell Avenue will be redone as part of the project. It is a significant stretch of the road that includes the section of Empire Avenue that passes Park City Mountain Resort. Residential properties also line much of Empire Avenue where the work will be conducted.

A City Hall advertisement seeking proposals indicates the work will include drainage improvements, the replacement of a water line and the replacement of a sewer line in addition to the roadwork itself.

The municipal government has spent the years since the 2002 Winter Olympics improving roads in Old Town, a bow to people who live in the neighborhood and argued for the improvements.

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City Hall, meanwhile, is also preparing for work on Wyatt Earp Way, a street in Prospector. Proposals from engineering firms are due Dec. 14. According to an advertisement, officials want a median installed close to the street’s intersection with S.R. 248. A median could slow drivers down and be used as a "pedestrian refuge," according to the advertisement.

The work on Wyatt Earp Way would also include improvements to make the Rail Trail crossing safer as well as several intersections.

Additional information about the Wyatt Earp Way project is available on City Hall’s website, Information is also available by contacting Heinrich Deters, the City Hall staffer handling the bid process. He is reachable via e-mail at .

The Wyatt Earp Way work will advance City Hall’s efforts to increase the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, long a goal of leaders.