Park City to reconfigure key section of road in Old Town with cycle lane
Park City officials are due to reconfigure a key stretch of road in Old Town on Tuesday, a project that aims to make the stretch of street safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
The amendment concerns the section of Park Avenue between the intersections of 9th Street and Deer Valley Drive. The heavily developed stretch of road basically covers what is widely known as Lower Park Avenue.
City Hall will redistribute Park Avenue to create a bike path on the west side of the road.
Officials intended to continue the project in 2020 before a delay until this year depending on the weather. People who live along Park Avenue chose the option over others who were under consideration. It is a pilot project.
Some of the details include:
• A no-parking restriction will be introduced on the east side of the Park Avenue section.
• Parking between 9th Street and 12th Street on the west side of Park Avenue will be available for people with a parking permit for Old Town residents and short-term parking for visitors with a limit of two hours.
• The parking spaces on the west side of Park Avenue north of 12th Street will be accessible to persons holding a parking permit for residents of the Old Town.
It is a significant stretch of street which is very busy with people who live in the old town and drivers heading to or from the main street. City Park and the Park City Library are some of the popular destinations along the Park Avenue stretch. This is one of the many streets in the old town that has been the subject of traffic complaints for years.
The work schedule calls for the temporary elimination of parking on Park Avenue between Deer Valley Drive and 9th Street on Tuesday, followed by a striping on Wednesday. Crews between Wednesday and Saturday are expected to paint the bike path, which will force intersections to intermittently close.
“The pilot project will create a new neighborhood-centric streetscape that will enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety, access to public transportation, maintain on-street parking and provide a more welcoming environment,” said City Hall by announcing the work to come.
Park City officials have long taken steps to create a more pedestrian and cyclist friendly environment. Leaders argue that improvements for pedestrians and cyclists reduce traffic and provide environmental benefits.
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