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Park City repaints post office parking, reflecting one-way change

Genaro Armendariz, a Park City Streets Department worker, restripes the parking spots on 5th Street outside the Main Street post office on Monday morning. The restriping has been anticipated since City Hall instituted a change in the one-way direction of 5th Street in January.
Tanzi Propst/Park Record

Park City workers on Monday morning repainted the parking stripes on the north side of the Main Street post office to reflect a change in the flow of traffic on the one-way stretch of road instituted by City Hall in January.

The section of 5th Street outside the post office had been limited to one-way traffic eastbound, the direction toward Swede Alley, for years. Officials changed the one-way direction to westbound, the direction toward Main Street.

The parking spots afterward remained striped as if the street was a one-way road in the eastbound direction after the change was made. The stripes appeared to add to the confusion as drivers attempted to park in spots that were painted for the one-way eastbound flow of traffic.

The workers on Monday morning put up cones to block cars from the stretch of 5th Street and then used a leaf blower to clear the street. They measured and marked the diagonal parking lines before putting down the yellow paint.

Some people who walked by as the work continued expressed displeasure with the change in the one-way direction. There have also been cases of drivers failing to abide by the one-way restriction.

At the time of the change, City Hall indicated the redone direction of 5th Street was designed to ease traffic on Main Street, explaining southbound drivers on Main Street turning left onto 5th Street needed to wait for northbound traffic to clear before making the turn. The delay could back up traffic on Main Street, an official said at the time.

The alteration in the direction of 5th Street outside the post office was a traffic-fighting step that was initiated during a ski season that was especially busy as crowds descended on Park City as the heavy snows struck. There have been regular backups along Main Street.


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