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Park Ave. Utility Lines Are Scheduled For Work In 2020

Park City public works is in the preliminary stages of replacing the utility lines on Park Ave. The necessary - but impactful  - project is scheduled for 2020.  Melissa Allison has more:

The aging utility lines along Park Ave. have been in place since the 1970’s and with the exception of new buildings that allowed the city to observe the utility lines condition, nothing has been done since their installation.

The Park Ave. reconstruction would span from Heber Ave. to the Empire Ave./Deer Valley Dr.  intersection. But the city won’t begin the actual work until 2019 – possibly as late as 2020.

Even though the lines are scheduled for work as part of the Old Town Infrastructure study, Public Improvements Engineer Corey Legge said it couldn’t be more timely.

“The utilities are pretty aged,” Legge said. “They’re in poor condition so it’s really the utilities are driving the need for this project.”

He said the corrosive nature of Park City’s soils most likely added to the poor condition of the lines.
The city hasn’t yet considered how they’ll deal with the traffic impacts along the main corridor into Old Town.

Legge said there’s a lot to do before that.

“We need to go through a consultant service firsgt to actually design the project,” Legge said. “And even before that, we need to bring it to city council to really get some direction on what this cross-section should look like. Now that the roads going to be torn open for utility work, this is our chance to make improvements that will benefit residents within the area. Whether that be sidewalk widths, bus pullout locations – those types of improvements.”

Once the project is approved by council, the city will hire a consultant and will hold open houses to gather public input.

“Then it would go through a public bidding process for a contractor,” Legge said. “And at that time we could actually nail down what the construction impacts are really going to be - closures, work hours, that type of stuff.”

The city will only work within the right of way but Legge said, due to the narrow road and city buses clipping cars as they have to pull in and out of the roadway to make stops, they want to remedy that problem as best they can.

A date hasn’t been set yet to bring the Park Ave. re-construction before council but Legge said it will likely be later this year.

Lowell Ave. was the last project the city worked on as a result of OTIS -  the Old Town Infrastructure study.

The city also recently completed the design for Rossi Hill so construction on that road is imminent.

I’m Melissa Allison, KPCW News.