Park City readies to designate another one-way road in Main Street core
City Hall this week plans to turn a stretch of road in the Main Street core into a one-way street in a companion reclassification to an earlier one-way change, two moves that, taken together, are designed to result in better traffic flow in the congested commercial district.
Officials on Wednesday are scheduled to turn 4th Street between Main Street and Swede Alley into a one-way street in the eastbound direction, or the direction toward Swede Alley. Crews were scheduled to stripe a pedestrian way on the street on Tuesday and signs designating the one-way direction are scheduled to be posted on Wednesday.
The stretch of 4th Street that will be made a one-way street is outside Java Cow and passes a well-known artwork by the famous graffiti artist Banksy.
The change will follow in the months after City Hall turned the section of 5th Street outside the Main Street post office into a one-way route in the westbound direction, or the direction toward Main Street. That move, instituted in January as the Sundance Film Festival opened, was designed to reduce backups on Main Street as drivers attempted to make turns onto 5th Street.
City Hall says the 4th Street alteration is a tandem change to the one on 5th Street. Alexis Verson, a transportation planner at City Hall, said the change is also seen as something that will increase pedestrian safety since it can be difficult for drivers to see approaching pedestrians as the drivers attempt to make the turn from 4th Street onto Main Street with buildings on both sides of 4th Street.
A City Hall release announcing the 4th Street alteration calls the changes to the two streets “a couplet of circulation for improved traffic flow.”
The changes to 4th Street and 5th Street come amid ongoing concern about traffic in the Main Street core and surrounding Old Town. City Hall is attempting to address the broader issue, but there remains displeasure as people who live in Old Town, traditional transportation firms and ridesharing companies attempt to reach a compromise of some sort.
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