Parking restrictions lifting |

Parking restrictions lifting

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall is preparing to return the parking situation in public lots and garages to normal, but the Sundance Film Festival restrictions are expected to remain intact on Saturday.

Max Paap, who manages special events for the municipal government, said Main Street will reopen to regular parking on Monday. City Hall’s paid-parking charges will be in effect at that point. The festival ends on Sunday evening.

During the festival, parking on Main Street has been tightly regulated, with both sides of the street turned into 15-minute parking zones for drivers to drop people off or pick them up.

The parking spots on Swede Alley and the China Bridge garage will revert to their typical free parking on Sunday. During the festival, City Hall charged people parking in those lots in an effort to discourage drivers from heading into Old Town in search of parking.

Similar parking restrictions are put in place each year during Sundance. Officials say it is better for drivers to park in outlying lots and then take buses into Old Town or the Sundance screening rooms.

Parking on neighborhood streets close to Main Street like Park Avenue, Daly Avenue and Woodside Avenue is restricted to people who live on the streets. The Public Works Department distributes stickers to people eligible to park vehicles on the neighborhood streets. People without the stickers risk receiving a ticket if they are parked on those streets.

Festival-goers should remain wary of parking in privately held lots. Many of them have signs posted prohibiting festival-related parking, with the threat of a tow if the signs are not followed.

Meanwhile, Paap said he expected the Sundance setup on Heber Avenue will be torn down beginning on Monday. Part of the street has served as an area for Sundance sponsors to display their goods.

The Sundance setup has restricted traffic on Heber Avenue to one-way only between Main Street and Park Avenue. Paap said Heber Avenue, which is a key entry point to Main Street, should be reopened to traffic in both directions by Tuesday at 8 a.m.

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