Watch for Ragnar traffic on Saturday
June 18, 2015
Summit and Wasatch county residents may have to reconsider their travel plans Saturday morning or expect to deal with delays as the overnight Ragnar Relay race returns to the Wasatch Back this weekend.
According to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Randall Richey, most of the traffic impacts will be during the overnight hours Friday and early morning hours Saturday, especially along State Road 248.
The 200-mile race is comprised of approximately 950 teams with 12 runners per team. Each team will have two accompanying support vans to shuttle non-runners between exchange points.
Teams will access Park City via Richardson Flats, but will briefly be on S.R. 248 from Longview Drive at the Jordanelle State Park Trailhead to the first turnoff before Browns Canyon Road, according to Taylor Eley, Ragnar Race director. The peak of activity will be coming through that area just before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, he said.
The Utah Highway Patrol and Summit County Sheriff’s Office are working closely with Ragnar Relay officials to coordinate the traffic control and notify the public.
"All day long on Saturday it will be pretty busy through the area along S.R. 248 through that portion of the route until up and over into Wasatch," Richey said. "Obviously people will do what they need to do to get around. But if they are not involved with Ragnar, the more they can avoid the areas, the more headaches they’ll save themselves."
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State Road 32, in the Rockport area, will be closed on the northbound side from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. Residents and northbound local traffic will still be allowed through. Southbound traffic will be allowed through along with race traffic.
- The following roads in Park City will be impacted on Saturday From 3 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
- Richardson Flats Road
- Quinns Junction
- Kearns Blvd
- Bonanza Drive
- Deer Valley Drive
- Marsac Ave
Certain stretches of road are narrower than others along the route and along those stretches, vans are not allowed, Richey said. Where there are paths available, runners will be trying to utilize those. Otherwise, runners will travel along the highway shoulders.
Richey cautioned drivers to be aware that some of the participants are unfamiliar with the area and won’t necessarily be aware of traffic.
"An increase in traffic is hard enough when you add runners that are tired and aren’t paying attention," Richey said. "I would like to advise people that there are going to be a lot of runners and vans being driven by people who aren’t used to driving in this area. They are going to be more focused on their runner than traffic. Everyone needs to pay attention and watch out for the other guy as much as they can."
- Summit County Exchange points:
- Exchange 18: North Summit High School, in Coalville, Friday 4 p.m. to Saturday 9 a.m.
- Exchange 24: Oakley Rodeo Grounds, in Oakley, Friday midnight to Saturday 1:45 p.m.
- Exchange 25: South Summit High School, in Kamas
- Exchange 30: Park City High School, in Park City, Saturday 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information courtesy of Ragnar Relay. For a full list of the exchange points, go to https://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/wasatchback/exchanges