Park City construction parking leads to police complaints
The Park City Police Department in late November received several complaints about parking issues at construction sites, long one of the sticking points between builders and surrounding neighborhoods.
The reports were logged as Park City became busier with Thanksgiving week, the opening of Park City Mountain Resort and the first significant snows of the season. The cases did not appear to be serious, but they illustrate the tensions that sometimes exist between construction crews and neighbors.
Problems were reported in various locations, indicating that the cases did not stem from a single construction site.
The cases included:
• on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 4:16 p.m., a construction vehicle was reportedly left in a location along Lowell Avenue where it blocked a stop sign. The Police Department indicated the vehicle created a traffic hazard.
• on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 3:48 p.m., large trucks were reported to be on both sides of the road somewhere along Woodside Avenue. The trucks were partially blocking the flow of traffic, the police said. The Police Department indicated an officer spoke to a construction crew, telling the workers they cannot park on both sides of the road.
• on Nov. 20 at 2:49 p.m., the police were told of a construction crew that was parked on both sides of the street on Solamere Drive. The crew was supposed to be parked on one side of the road, the police were told. A driver was apparently almost hit, head-on, by a construction vehicle, according to department logs.
• on Nov. 20 at 11:35 a.m., the police received a complaint from someone on Holiday Ranch Loop Road about a nearby construction project. The police were told cars were parked on a strip of grass that, according to the person who contacted the authorities, is owned by City Hall. The person wanted an officer to request the workers stop parking on the grass.
City Hall regulates parking at construction locations through the permitting process. As part of what the municipal government calls its standard construction mitigation requirements, parking by crews must not block “reasonable public and safety vehicle access.” Parked vehicles must be on the same side of the street, and they must be parked on pavement, according to the requirements. The requirements also say a building permit does not act as a parking permit.
The requirements, meanwhile, outline that heavy machinery like forklifts and backhoes cannot be parked in public places unless the practice is approved by City Hall for a project.
Phil Kirk, a Police Department captain, said the agency coordinates with the Park City Building Department on cases involving complaints about parking at construction sites. He said construction vehicles that are parked in places that are not approved as part of a permit can intensify the problem.
“It restricts the width of the road … when you have construction vehicles violating the ordinance,” Kirk said.
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