Tour of Utah: find parking, then find the peloton
Many Tour of Utah fans will need to find a place to park before they catch a glimpse of the peloton.
The racers are scheduled to ride into Park City on Saturday and the finish line is on Main Street on Sunday. It is expected to be a jammed weekend as large crowds of cycling fans descend on Park City for what has become one of the larger summertime events in the city.
There will be temporary road closures along the race route and Main Street will be closed to traffic for much of Sunday as crews prepare the venue and then tear it down afterward. A bicycling expo will open along Main Street on Sunday with numerous booths related to the sport.
Park City officials estimate the Sunday stage will draw between 10,000 and 15,000 people to Main Street. The starting line of the stage as well as the finishing line will be situated on upper Main Street rather than the Main Street-Heber Avenue intersection toward the lower end of the street as it has in the past, an operational change that was made during the planning stages to guard against the possibility of a construction project being underway close to the intersection. The change in the starting and finishing lines allows City Hall to keep Park Avenue open to vehicles throughout the day, a change from past years.
“It’s exciting. It’s also a busy day for Main Street,” said Jenny Diersen, a City Hall special events coordinator who was heavily involved in crafting the Tour of Utah setup.
City Hall will close Main Street to traffic for the Sunday stage. The stretch of Main Street between the Heber Avenue intersection and the Brew Pub lot will close to traffic at 3 a.m. on Sunday and is expected to reopen at approximately 10 p.m. Swede Alley will be closed to traffic early Sunday morning and reopen in the evening, likely between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Park Silly Sunday Market, which usually occupies lower Main Street, will not be held on Sunday.
Park City officials published a set of tips for parking on Sunday. City Hall buses will shuttle people from a satellite lot at Park City High School to the Old Town transit center. Parking is available at Canyons Village with regular bus service to Park City. There will be a bus lane on Deer Valley Drive between Bonanza Drive and Heber Avenue. The satellite parking lot at Richardson Flats off S.R. 248 will be available, but spectators must carpool or bicycle from there since there is no bus service to the lot.
Parking will be available at the China Bridge garage at $10, cash. The garage must be accessed from Marsac Avenue, and drivers will be prohibited from entering or leaving the garage from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. There will also be entrance and exit restrictions at the Gateway parking lot and the parking lot on the north side of the Marsac Building as the race ends, which is projected sometime in the two hours starting at 3 p.m.
There will also be temporary road closures in Park City, meanwhile, as the bicyclists pass on Sunday. City Hall says the temporary closures are expected at the beginning of the stage, starting at approximately 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., along streets like Deer Valley Drive, Heber Avenue, Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard. As the bicyclists return toward the finish line from Guardsman Pass, expected from between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., roads that will be impacted include Marsac Avenue, Deer Valley Drive and Heber Avenue.
There will also be temporary road closures on Saturday, expected in Park City in the early to midafternoon. Some of the impacted roads include Kearns Boulevard, Bonanza Drive, Deer Valley Drive and Marsac Avenue.
Park City has posted Tour of Utah information on the municipal website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select ‘Tour of Utah Traffic Closures & Rerouting” on the front page.
The direct link is: http://www.parkcity.org/Home/Components/News/News/12164/23?backlist=%2fhome.
For additional information about rolling road closures in the Park City area and surrounding Summit County on Saturday and Sunday, visit the Tour of Utah website, http://www.tourofutah.com.
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