Stretch of Main Street closes
Park City plans to close a stretch of lower Main Street early on Monday in anticipation of setting up a Sundance Film Festival zone on the street.
The section of the street between 7th Street and 9th Street will be closed to traffic starting at 6 a.m. It will remain closed until Jan. 27, according to Dave Gustafson, a City Hall official who is assisting with plans.
Film festival officials and City Hall previously reached an agreement to close the section of Main Street in favor of the Sundance zone, which will include the festival’s Music Cafe. Sundance has said it wants the zone to be a focal point on Main Street. The street is typically bustling with film lovers, celebrity gawkers and revelers during Sundance.
Gustafson acknowledged the closure will "make it more difficult" for drivers. He said the most direct route to upper Main Street will be Deer Valley Drive to Swede Alley.
There will be limited access for drivers on Heber Avenue between Park Avenue and Swede Alley starting Jan. 16, a result of another part of City Hall’s festival plans.
The Sundance presence is part of a wider move by festival organizers to lower Main Street, which includes a separate agreement with the owners of the Town Lift Plaza to have an official Sundance presence there.
The closure on lower Main Street will be the most extensive on the street since the 2002 Winter Olympics. During the Olympics, the length of Main Street was turned into an auto-free celebration zone.
On Tuesday, meanwhile, officials will ban parking on either side of Main Street starting at 7 a.m. The parking ban will remain in place until after the festival. City Hall hopes the parking restrictions unclog Main Street. Traffic jams are common on the street during Sundance.
Sundance starts Jan. 15 and runs until Jan. 25. Traffic is usually worst during the opening weekend.
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