Park City expected to be jammed over holiday weekend
The slopes are expected to be busy during Presidents Day weekend.
And so are the roads.
Park City will likely be jammed through the Monday holiday, which is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the ski season. An inversion in the Salt Lake Valley could draw even more people to Park City as they escape the conditions at lower elevations.
The Park City Chamber/Bureau reported the projected lodging tallies on Saturday and Sunday were slightly off the 2015 numbers while Monday’s projection is about the same as the year before. Projected lodging occupancy on Saturday is 86 percent followed by an 83 percent figure on Sunday. The lodging tallies do not provide a complete projection, though, since many people drive to Park City for a day of skiing and do not stay in a hotel or other lodging property.
The Park City Police Department crafted plans to guard against the possibility of an awful traffic jam even though the roads are expected to be busy. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said three police officers will be assigned to a traffic-mitigation detail from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They will be posted at busy intersections with their police lights activated.
"They’re there to diagnose that, see if there’s anything they can do," he said about the traffic flow, adding, "Our intent is to have them very visible."
The officers will be posted at the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive, the Kearns Boulevard-Park Avenue intersection and the intersection of Park Avenue and Empire Avenue.
"Motorists are less likely to commit traffic violations, such as blocking an intersection," Kirk said.
He encouraged people to ride buses instead of driving and said electronic-message boards will be posted relaying information about the status of parking at the mountain resorts.
Kirk, meanwhile, said the Police Department is also prepared for parking and traffic issues on Main Street and in surrounding Old Town during the evening and nighttime hours.
There will be additional buses over the weekend running on routes like those to lower Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and Prospector.
Parking will be available at Park City High School on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with buses ferrying people to Park City Mountain Resort or the Old Town transit center. The parking lot off Richardson Flat Road along the S.R. 248 entryway will be available for carpool parking, but there is no bus service there.
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The Park City Police Department on Saturday, May 8, received at least three complaints from businesses in the Main Street core. In one of the cases, a customer was outside “causing a scene,” according to department logs.