Park City previews its broad work plan for 2016 and into 2017
Some attended a City Hall open house on Tuesday evening to learn about roadwork Park City plans in 2016.
Others were there to gather information about bus routes transit officials are considering in the area.
The open house, held at the Park City Library, drew more than 80 people with diverse interests. The event was scheduled to provide an opportunity for Parkites and other interested parties to gather information about a wide range of municipal projects, most of them planned in 2016 and a few anticipated later.
The attendees pored over maps, artist renditions of upgrades and poster boards with timelines and project details. They spent time talking to City Hall staffers and consultants who manned the various stations in the room.
Steve Perkins was at the open house to learn about a Three Kings Drive repaving project. He manages the Silver Star development on the edge of Thaynes Canyon along Three Kings Drive. He supports the efforts to improve Three Kings Drive, an important street in Thaynes Canyon that hugs the edge of the Park City Golf Club at certain points.
"It needs pavement. It’s pretty rough," Perkins said about Three Kings Drive. "It’s probably the first impression, right? People don’t notice new pavement as much as they do notice bad pavement."
Perkins said the work is expected to have minor impacts on summer guests at Silver Star.
Perkins, a Snyderville Basin resident, was also interested in the information at the open house regarding the expansion of transit in the area.
Another person at the open house was interested in the planned improvements on Prospector Avenue, which are not scheduled until 2017 but have drawn attention even in the early phase of discussions. Gordon Jones, a civil engineer with offices on Prospector Avenue, said the road "definitely needs improvement."
Jones said he favors an idea to build bus pullouts to improve the flow of traffic on Prospector Avenue. He said parked cars make it difficult to see oncoming traffic when exiting a parking lot, also mentioning the possibility of bicycling improvements.
"I’d like to look at the street parking. I’m a proponent of bicycle access," Jones said, adding that upgrades would also assist pedestrians. "I think it would improve the livability of the area."
City Hall intends to hire a civil engineering firm for the Prospector Avenue project in May, followed by design work between late-May and January of 2017, according to the timeline that was on display at the open house. Construction would start in May of 2017 and end in November of that year, the timeline indicated. Some of the project details include sidewalks, storm drains and reducing the width of lanes.
Some of the other projects that were highlighted at the open house included the reconstruction of Lowell Avenue, Main Street improvements and structural upgrades to the iconic barn at the McPolin Farm.
Blake Fonnesbeck, the transit and public works director for Park City, presented ideas for the transit system over the next five to seven years. They included the possibilities of new routes, tweaking existing ones and the potential of creating an on-demand transit option such as a call-a-bus service.
Fonnesbeck said people he spoke to during the open house indicated they wanted bus stops closer to where they live and faster bus service between Kimball Junction and Old Town. He said transit officials could explore ideas like expanding the bus fleet and programming stoplights to give priority to buses.
"We can use shoulders. We can increases the buses, bus frequency," Fonnesbeck said.
Fonnesbeck said he also spoke to people about transit possibilities involving a large satellite parking lot along the S.R. 248 entryway and a bus land on the state highway.
Craig Sanchez, the community engagement liaison for City Hall and a staffer who is heavily involved in preparing Park City’s work plan, said he anticipates the work in 2016 will not create many difficulties for the community. The project on Lowell Avenue will impact that street, he acknowledged, but other work is outside of neighborhoods. The upgrade at the barn, as an example, is "off the path, a little bit," Sanchez said.
"We’re hopeful there will be fewer impacts than in previous years to both downtown businesses and pedestrians, bike traffic," Sanchez said.
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