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Upcoming Tunnel Construction On Kearns Blvd. Will Impact Travel

Those whose daily commute includes Kearns Blvd. should take note of construction that’s soon beginning on the S.R. 248 tunnel.

In the next week or so, those traveling by car, bus and foot on Kearns Blvd. near Park City High School can expect some adjustments to their plans. Construction will start on the tunnel replacing the current above-ground pedestrian crosswalk between the high school and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seminary building. Park City Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts says the Park City School District preferred for the project to begin before the end of the current school year, so it could be completed by the time the next one begins.

The construction contractor is required to maintain two-way traffic on Kearns at all times, but Knotts says the project will result in traffic delays. He reminded drivers to obey construction zone speed limits; not to change lanes if they don’t need to; and to avoid using cellphones in work zones.  

School bus routes won’t be impacted, though the bus stop near the high school may be shifted west. Pedestrian access will be rerouted.

The S.R. 248 pedestrian tunnel is scheduled to be completed in August 2019, before school starts.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.