Prospector intersection closes temporarily |

Prospector intersection closes temporarily

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

An intersection in Prospector remains closed to traffic until Wednesday as crews working for City Hall make improvements in an effort to make it safer for pedestrians.

The intersection, where Comstock Drive meets Sidewinder Drive, typically is heavily used by people who live in Prospector or those driving to or from the Prospector business district. The timeline to open the intersection coincides with the Park City Kimball Arts Festival starting on Friday.

Heinrich Deters, who is City Hall’s trails coordinator and is heavily involved in pedestrian upgrades, said the workers will raise the intersection slightly from the street level. That will create more awareness among the drivers, he said.

The work also includes putting in brick-colored concrete crosswalks.

Deters said he hopes the crosswalk is ready at the same time the intersection reopens on Wednesday.

Deters said the work is part of a wider project along Comstock Drive and Sidewinder Drive. Other upgrades include putting in a pathway on the east side of Comstock Drive and a new sidewalk on one side of Sidewinder Drive between Comstock Drive and Gold Dust Lane.

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The overall project is anticipated to be finished by Oct. 10. The work is expected to cost approximately $613,000, and revenues from a ballot measure to fund pedestrian and bicyclist improvements is being used for the work.

While the intersection is closed, traffic is being detoured to Prospector Avenue, Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive.

City Hall suggests delivery services and vendors be notified of the closure.

More information is available on City Hall’s website, or through a project hotline, 435-200-3257.

Using revenues from a $15 million ballot measure approved by voters in 2007, Park City leaders have undertaken an aggressive set of pedestrian and bicyclist improvements. The money raised in the ballot measure has also paid for projects like the pedestrian-bicyclist tunnels underneath Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard.

The Comstock Drive work is seen as being a key upgrade as leaders connect the Park City School District campus with neighborhoods like Old Town via pathways, trails and tunnels.