Park City drivers struggle with pothole, a ‘sheet of ice’ and empty gas tank |

Park City drivers struggle with pothole, a ‘sheet of ice’ and empty gas tank

The Park City Police Department last week responded to numerous driver-related issues, including cases that appeared to stem from the large crowds as well as issues related to the weather.

Park City appeared to be especially busy during the first week of March as crowds arrived for spring break. The crowds and the snow combined to create issues on the roads.

The Police Department on Friday night dealt with two driver-related issues in quick succession on Main Street, talking to the people at a time when the shopping, dining and entertainment strip was jammed with vacationers and Parkites.

A police officer at 10:42 p.m. on March 8 pulled over a driver on Main Street, warning the person against stopping in a travel lane to pick up passengers. Public police logs did not indicate whether the driver worked for a taxi or shuttle company, a ridesharing firm or whether the driver was a private individual.

Just a little bit earlier, at 10:28 p.m., an officer spoke to a driver at the intersection of Main Street and 5th Street after the officer apparently saw the person back up in a travel lane in an attempt to reach a vacant parking spot.

The Police Department at 6:39 p.m. that day, meanwhile, was told the upper reaches of Main Street were a “sheet of ice” and vehicles were having difficulty stopping. The Police Department said the conditions created a traffic hazard.

Some of the other cases reported last week included:

• on Sunday, March 10 at 8:26 p.m., the Police Department received a complaint that a vehicle was “stuck” in a pothole at or close to the intersection of Deer Valley Drive and Heber Avenue. The pothole had been reported repeatedly, the police were told. The vehicle was blocking a travel lane at the time the Police Department was contacted.

• on Friday, March 8 at 9:58 a.m., a vehicle ran out of gas at or close to the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Homestake Road. A friend of the person with the car arrived with gas, the police said.

• on Thursday, March 7 at 3:09 a.m., a vehicle was reported to be stuck in the snow on Marsac Avenue. The person told the police the vehicle could be pushed out of the snow with assistance.

• on Monday, March 4 at 3:47 p.m., a vehicle was reportedly abandoned across the street from a house on Daly Avenue. The person contacted the police and said the vehicle was causing problems with snow removal.

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