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S.R. 248 entryway roadwork set to start Aug. 1

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Roadwork along the S.R. 248 entryway is scheduled to begin on Aug. 1, a project that will incorporate two important modifications to the busy state highway.

The work is slated for a 13-mile stretch of road between Park City High School and Kamas. It is anticipated to last until mid-September or late September, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. The entire stretch will be resurfaced during the work and pedestrian ramps will be upgraded.

The two key modifications to the road will be:

  • the removal of the planter-box median that divides the highway on the eastern edge of Park City
  • the addition of bicycle lanes along the entryway on both sides of the road

    Justin Kable, the field engineer for the Utah Department of Transportation who is helping manage the project, said the work west of U.S. 40 the stretch of road just east of Prospector — will be conducted in the evening and overnight hours. The work east of U.S. 40 will be staged in the daytime, the evening and the overnight hours.

    At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be kept open at all times, Kable said. He does not expect the work will result in significant traffic problems.

    "We think it’s going to be relatively non-impactful," Kable said.

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    The removal of the planter-box median is at the request of City Hall officials and will allow transportation planners more options as they consider long-range ideas for the S.R. 248 entryway.

    There has been talk of perhaps creating a bus or carpool lane on the highway. If that were to occur, the extra road space made possible by the removal of the planter box would be critical. Those sorts of decisions have not been made and would eventually involve agreements between City Hall and state transportation officials. It is not clear when some of the key decisions will be made concerning bus or carpool lanes.

    S.R. 248 is a heavily traveled road that is popular with commuters who live in parts of the Snyderville Basin, the East Side of Summit County and Wasatch County. Morning backups are common, particularly during the school year.