Groundbreaking on Kimball Junction Transit Center could be delayed
The next few weeks will determine whether work will begin on the Kimball Junction Transit Center before winter or if the project will be delayed until spring, according to Derrick Radke, Summit County public works director.
The Kimball Junction hub will occupy a three-acre site between the Sheldon Richin’s Building and Landmark Drive, on the west side of State Road 224, and serve as a county-based book-end to the Park City’s Old Town Transit Center.
The transit center is intended to reduce congestion throughout Kimball Junction by shortening bus trips and intercepting drivers on their way into Park City. The center will include space for at least 10 buses, a transit center, plaza and 25 parking spaces. County officials have stated the hub is not intended to function as a park-and-ride facility.
The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit for the project in July. Officials had previously advertised a fall start date and expected completion sometime mid-year 2016.
Last week, the county received 90 percent of the renderings for the transit center from CRSA Architecture. Radke said he anticipates receiving the final drawings within the next two weeks.
Radke said a plat amendment and building permits must be submitted to the Basin Planning Commission. Radke said some of the parking associated with the project crosses properties that are not part of the Park City Tech Center site, which will require additional approvals.
A decision on whether to break ground before winter will depend on several factors, including weather and the final approval process, Radke said.
The project will be completed in two phases, with the first phase consisting of transit-related facilities.
"That is the primary purpose of the site and that is what will be built and funded first," Radke said. "Whatever it takes to make the bus stuff work, including buildings, shelters and a drive isle, will be done first."
The public plaza, parking and landscaping would be added during the second phase sometime next year, Radke said. Once the county breaks ground, the project is expected to take about four months to complete.
"We will be looking at timing and weather, so there should be a lot going on in the next few weeks," Radke said.
As previously reported in The Park Record, the Federal Transit Administration awarded Park City Transit a $1.7 million grant last year for the estimated $2.4 million project. Summit County contributed $500,000 and Park City Transit provided $95,000. Approximately $105,000 must still be acquired.
Caroline Ferris, Summit County regional transportation director, recently met with the Summit County Council to update council members on several transportation-related studies and upcoming projects, including the transit center.
Ferris said she is "really excited" about the progress being made on the site plans to move the project closer to fruition, adding that she doesn’t want groundbreaking to be delayed.
"We are making progress, but it depends on whether Derrick feels comfortable with the final drawings and where we are on the request for proposal (RFP) for a contractor," Ferris said. "We’re going to leave it open to the contractor to tell us when we can get started, but we won’t know until we get the RFP out."
For more information about the Kimball Junction Transit Center and other transportation projects, go to http://summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2518.
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