Relief in sight for motorists in ParkWest
Motorists in ParkWest could soon experience fewer adrenalin rushes.
Pulling in and out of the Snyderville Basin neighborhood require drivers endure a nearly blind corner, Summit County Engineer Derrick Radke said.
"There is a terrible access in and out of ParkWest Village," he said. "You can’t see oncoming traffic."
Realigning Canyons Resort Drive with a new entrance into ParkWest Village will make the intersection safer, he added.
Instead of the t-intersection where Canyons Resort Drive currently meets S.R. 224, west of a nearby 7-11 store, the new road will bend to the south and eventually connect to an intersection with a stoplight.
"The existing Canyons Resort Drive goes away," Radke said, adding that motorists will begin accessing ParkWest Village north of the community’s current entrance. "It’s to provide a signalized entry into ParkWest Village."
He expects Hughes General Contractors to complete the roughly $680,000-project in September. Taxpayers in Summit County will pay the balance for the construction after the Utah Department of Transportation pays $125,000 for the traffic light, Radke said.
"We’ve been able to save quite a bit of money so we’re going to add [a sidewalk] to the project," he said. "There is a lot of pedestrian traffic from 224, up to the 7-11 and beyond."
Officials at The Canyons reportedly took a "neutral" position on the realignment of the road.
"They didn’t want to hold it up," Radke said. "They saw the community benefit."
But a delay in obtaining rights-of-way has postponed completion of the project, he added.
Meanwhile, within a few weeks UDOT officials expect to complete a stoplight at the intersection of Cutter Lane and S.R. 224, but concrete barriers won’t be installed in the median along S.R. 224 until 2007, Radke said.
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