Main Street makeover continues starting on Monday |

Main Street makeover continues starting on Monday

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

There are private sector construction crews working up and down Main Street already.

City Hall-hired workers will join them on Monday.

The municipal government plans to make another set of improvements along the shopping, dining and entertainment strip this year as part of it ongoing efforts to attempt to keep Main Street competitive with outlying commercial areas.

Prep work started over the past week. Some parking spots at the north end of Swede Alley were fenced off for the crews to store construction materials and vehicles. Signs were also posted informing people of the upcoming work. Parking spots along Main Street will temporarily be closed at certain points when work is occurring on them or nearby. The work is expected to last into early December, finishing before the busiest part of the ski season starts.

The work that starts on Monday involves the intersection of Main Street and 7th Street as well as a stretch of the street south of Heber Avenue. The intersection will be upgraded with new crosswalks and decorative brickwork on the road surface at the intersection and the crosswalks. Questar Gas, meanwhile, will begin replacing a natural gas line on the east side of Main Street between Heber Avenue and 5th Street.

City Hall plans to spend approximately $2 million on the improvements along Main Street in 2014. It is the second year of what is planned as between seven and 10 years of upgrades. Main Street businesses pressed Park City leaders for the funding as it faced increased competition from other districts that have emerged in the past decade or so.

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The improvements make Main Street a more pleasant experience, the supporters say. A voter-approved increase in sales tax is funding the work. The upgrades this year will include new sidewalks and the reconstruction of the walkway between Main Street and Swede Alley where a bronze sculpture of a bear on a bench is located.

"This is a project we knew was coming up. We are excited," Alison Butz, the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, said.

The alliance consists of businesses on or just off of Main Street. The group was the key supporter of the sales-tax increase and has been heavily involved in the formulating the list of improvements.

Butz said the business alliance hopes the crews make significant progress in April, May and June, before the busy summer tourism season starts in July.

City Hall hired Miller Paving, a Murray firm, for the work. It is the same company the municipal government hired for the 2013 projects along Main Street. The same crew members will be assigned to Park City, according to City Hall.

The projected timeline for the work is:

  • the Main Street-7th Street intersection from Monday until June 1. There will be traffic restrictions at the intersection prohibiting drivers from turning onto Main Street from 7th Street during the first three weeks.
  • the Questar natural-gas line on the east side of Main Street between 5th Street and Heber Avenue from Monday until the beginning of June
  • the Main Street sidewalk on the west side of the street between Heber Avenue and the Claim Jumper building from April 22 until June 15
  • the Main Street sidewalk on the west side of the street between 4th Street and 5th Street between May 15 and July 1
  • the Main Street sidewalk on the east side of the street between Heber Avenue and 5th Street from June 1 until Oct. 1
  • the bear bench walkway from July 5 until Oct. 15

    Officials also hope to build a plaza on Swede Alley at the base of the steps to the Marsac Building. Construction of the plaza this year will depend on the progress of the Main Street work and private sector construction projects on Main Street. The tentative timeline indicates the plaza could be built between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1.

    "It’s going to be busy. It’s progress," said Craig Sanchez, a City Hall staffer who will act as a conduit between businesses and the construction firms during the work.