Road crews will be all over Park City, but it will be ‘survivable’ |

Road crews will be all over Park City, but it will be ‘survivable’

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall has compiled a list of public-sector projects scheduled in the summer, with crews expected to make upgrades to roads and put in improvements meant to benefit pedestrians, bicyclists and others not driving cars.

Matt Cassel, the Park City engineer, recently submitted the list to Mayor Dana Williams and the City Council, providing information like the expected timelines of the projects and whether they are on the same schedule as they were during earlier planning stages.

"It will be survivable," Cassel said in an interview.

Some of the major projects on the list include the second phase of the reconstruction of Bonanza Drive, the installation of a pedestrian-bicyclist tunnel underneath Kearns Boulevard and a resurfacing of a major section of S.R. 224 state transportation officials are planning.

Highlights of the list include:

The second phase of the Bonanza Drive work, with the crews expected to start in July and work until November. Another two months of work is anticipated on the road in May and June 2011.

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The pedestrian tunnel underneath Kearns Boulevard at the Comstock Drive intersection, which is scheduled to start soon and be completed in mid-fall. Cassel said at least one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction at all times during the tunnel work.

A median on Monitor Drive, which is planned in July and August.

Pavement markings designed to further protect pedestrians and bicyclists, which are planned through June.

"I don’t think it’s going to be too bad," Cassel said.

He said the Bonanza Drive work will have the widest-ranging impacts of the City Hall projects scheduled this year.

Meanwhile, state transportation officials plan to resurface a major stretch of S.R. 224 in a project that will impact numerous drivers who use the state highway. According to Cassel, the stretch of S.R. 224 between the S.R. 248 intersection and Bear Hollow Drive is scheduled to be resurfaced. He said the Utah Department of Transportation proposes to conduct the work at night. The dates for the resurfacing have not been determined, the report from Cassel indicated.

Other public-sector projects on the list that do not involve roads include the construction of a water treatment plant, water lines and the expansion of the Public Works Department’s bus barn on the grounds of the Public Works Building.

The list also notes there will be private-sector developments underway, including the continuing construction of the Montage in Empire Pass.