Roadwork alert: S.R. 224 will soon be torn up through Park City
Two of the busiest stretches of road in Park City will be torn up by crews hired by state transportation officials starting next week, a repaving project on key arteries that will create traffic headaches for people across the city.
The $3 million project involves both S.R. 224 and S.R. 248. The work on S.R. 224, which is signed as Deer Valley Drive and Park Avenue through part of the city limits, will be especially unappealing to drivers.
The Utah Department of Transportation plans to tear out approximately four inches of asphalt and then put down a replacement layer.
The work on S.R. 224 will stretch from the intersection of S.R. 248, which is signed Kearns Boulevard inside Park City, to the Old Town roundabout. The work on S.R. 248, meanwhile, covers the section between the S.R. 224 intersection and Park City High School.
The anticipated schedule for the work, as outlined in a Department of Transportation flier, is:
There will also be six days of putting down road sealant and painting road stripes, according to the schedule, which depends on the weather.
"We’re trying to get in and get out," said Adan Carrillo, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation.
Carrillo said the work is necessary every five to seven years to extend the life of the road. He said there is a "heavy wear-and-tear cycle" as a result of the cold, snowy winters in Park City.
The crews will be working Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. One lane of traffic will be closed and the Department of Transportation said drivers should expect minor delays.
Brooks Robinson, the senior transportation planner for City Hall, said municipal officials hope the work is finished by Independence Day, which is the traditional start of the busiest part of the summer tourism season. Robinson said the work "will be an inconvenience" nonetheless. He said access to businesses and residences along the routes of the work will be maintained.
The Department of Transportation indicated the crews will not work on holidays as well as during the Park City Kimball Arts Festival and the Tour of Utah bicycle race, two large events in August, if the project is not completed by then. Robinson said the work will be halted earlier in the evening on nights when concerts are scheduled at Deer Valley Resort.
Robinson on Thursday evening briefly spoke to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council about the upcoming work. The elected officials did not discuss the topic at length. Department of Transportation officials are scheduled to appear at a City Council meeting next week, Robinson said. Additional information could be released in anticipation of the Thursday meeting, which will be held one day before the scheduled starting date of the work.
City Hall has posted information on its website, http://www.parkcity.org . Select ‘S.R. 224 Enhancement Update’ in the News section.