Park City details dates of 2018 construction shutdowns
Stoppages planned on days of big events and popular holidays
THE PARK RECORD
Park City officials have outlined a list of dates in 2018 when construction will be prohibited citywide, a calendar that covers the biggest event days as well as a series of holidays.
City Hall in recent years has been concerned construction activity can cause difficulties when Park City is packed with people headed to festivals or spending a holiday in the community. There have been worries that construction projects can be noisy, dusty and create traffic problems. Leaders do not want people visiting Park City on the busy days to be hampered by the construction.
Some of the dates on the list cover large special events like the Sundance Film Festival in January, the 4th of July festivities and the Park City Kimball Arts Festival in August. Other dates include:
- the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, running from 3 p.m. on Jan 12 until Jan. 15.
- Presidents Day weekend, running from 3 p.m. on Feb. 16 until Feb. 19.
- Labor Day weekend, starting at 3 p.m. on Aug. 31 and lasting through the holiday the following Monday
- the weekend before Christmas and running through the holiday itself.Other entries include New Year’s 2018-2019 and Halloween after 12 p.m. The list also includes Sundays in the summer when the Park Silly Sunday Market is scheduled.Park City staffers initially included Memorial Day, Pioneer Day and Thanksgiving, but those dates were dropped from the prohibition based on a variety of circumstances, including anticipated crowds smaller than on other days on the list.The Park City Building Department allows a construction crew to seek an exemption. The crew must provide details explaining that the work would not impact the events or the crowds on the prohibited dates. A City Hall report drafted in anticipation of a Park City Council meeting on Thursday, as an example, provides a rundown of exemption requests that covered the recent arts festival. The report says crews at 22 locations submitted requests to work during the festival or the setup of the event. It says each of the 22 crews received approval to work on the Thursday before the festival while 14 were allowed to work on Friday and five received approvals for Saturday work. None of the locations were in Old Town, the location of the arts festival, the report says.
Dave Thacker, the chief building official at City Hall, said exemptions are considered on a case-by-case basis depending on location, the type of work planned and the impact on the community.
Construction crews have generally accepted the restrictions, understanding that it would be difficult, particularly along Main Street and in surrounding Old Town, to continue to work on the busy days as laborers encounter increased traffic and parking shortages. There has also been concern, though, about the lost income of the workers on the days City Hall orders shutdowns.
The prohibition of work on certain days came about as the construction industry enjoyed a robust exit from the worst days of the recession. City Hall particularly took steps as the number of construction zones increased on or close to Main Street.
A critic of a Park City workforce or otherwise affordable housing project in Old Town said he is considering an appeal of the Park City Planning Commission’s approval of the development.