Old Town Access and Circulation

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 November 2019 Update:

City Council was briefed on the latest efforts by staff to improve circulation in Old Town and on Main Street by implementing specific drop and load zones, ramp up enforcement of double parking and staging in areas not permitted, as well as an overview of the proposed Sundance Circulation Plan. To review the Council Packet and listen to the audio recording on these topics, click the links below. 

Council Packet from November 7, 2019
Audio Recording from November 7, 2019

Next Steps:

Staff will brief Council on November 21, 2019 on the locations for Drop and Load and Staging Zones on Main Street and Swede Alley, the cost for a parking permit to use the premium zones, and an update on the commercial vehicle licensing code changes.  The Council agenda and packet will be available beginning November 19, 2019 at this link

 

September 2019 Update:

Park City staff briefed City Council on September 12 about an implementation plan for interim, non-invasive, projects to move forward this fall - based on the discussion from the August 15, 2019 Council Meeting. These smaller interim projects are intended as stop-gaps to help alleviate some concerns from residents while a larger and comprehensive data collection, public engagement effort, and strategic implementation plan can be conducted. This larger Old Town Access and Circulation Plan is currently in the scoping phases. An update on scope, goals, deliverables, and timeline will be provided to Council likely in October 2019.

September 12 Staff Communications Report

September 12 Audio Recording of City Council Meeting

 The following is a brief summary of projects you will see this fall in Old Town:

  • Commercial Vehicle Drop and Load and Staging Zones - in conjunction with the update to the Commercial Vehicle Licensing requirements (going to City Council on September 26, 2019), Staff plan to implement designated drop and load zones on Main Street, with added staging areas, to help alleviate double parking issues while still allowing vehicles to provide curbside access for their clients. For-Hire Vehicles, and Concierge Vehicles can purchase a hang tag for the vehicle, that allows them to use these curbside locations. Click here to view the CV drop and load and staging locations (this is still a working document in draft form). more information on how to purchase hang tags will be coming soon.
  • Establish Commercial Vehicle (CV) Permit for Shuttles and For Hire Vehicles – This permit would be available for Shuttles and For Hire vehicles (in place of current For Hire License). Costs for these permits is lower than current For Hire licenses, Applications and renewals can be emailed or emailed with pictures of drivers and stickers will be mailed to drivers to affix to their vehicle at their convenience. Additionally, commercial vehicle drivers will be issued a badge with their picture on it to indicate that the driver has been supplied all necessary documents to be eligible as a driver.
  • Wayfinding Signage - A wayfinding signage plan has been created to help direct traffic, and signs are being ordered. Click here to view the plan.
  • Enforcement of Uphill Lodging Voluntary Efforts - a number of properties have come together to voluntarily reduce their collective impact on residential districts adjacent to Old Town. Staff have committed to reviewing timelapse feed monthly to determine of the companies are complying with their agreed upon terms.

 

Overview of the Old Town Access and Circulation Plan:

Park City is working on a comprehensive Old Town Access and Circulation Plan to help address congestion concerns, event circulation opportunities, parking and wayfinding strategies, and pedestrian safety. This effort requires extensive data collection and traffic modeling to ensure that the projects recommended don't unintentionally cause a hardship on other areas of Old Town. Phase 1 of this effort will include visioning and goal setting with City Council, stakeholder meetings with groups like HPCA, For Hire Taxi Companies, Lodging Association, and others. In addition to stakeholder outreach, the City commits to engaging with the community on a deeper level to better understand concerns and needs in Old Town.

 

Completed Old Town Projects to Date:

Over the summer, Staff designed and implemented several Old Town projects to help improve pedestrian safety and access, wayfinding, and help calm traffic in the area. These projects were carefully selected as being fiscally responsible, implementable in a constrained timeline, and will not negatively influence recommendations from the longer term Old Town Access and Circulation plan (currently in scoping phase).

  • 4th Street Changes - The addition of pedestrian space along the street and new one-way westbound directionality mirrors 5th Street and forms a couplet for improved traffic flow.
  • Artistic Crosswalk Design Standards -  safe pedestrian crossings with approved materials recommended by an engineer were designed this year, with the intent to be implemented in various locations in Old Town in 2020.
  • Hillside Walkway Concept - a high-level conceptual design for a walkway adjacent to Hillside Avenue has been created to help delineate a safe space for pedestrians and remove any potential vehicle/pedestrian conflicts. This design is still in its infancy and will continue to be improved to better accommodate snow removal, and allow for a more formal cost estimate. Once this has been designed, staff will update Council and the public on options, timeline, and solicit feedback on the proposed idea.
  • Wayfinding - most wayfinding signs have been placed, the remaining signs are included in this fall's efforts.
  • Hillside Widening Concept - A conceptual design with a high-level cost estimate for the widening of Hillside Ave to accommodate two-way traffic was conducted. This is to direct staff on potential future costs associated with changing the retaining wall and roadway prism of Hillside Ave and better understand the roadway as a whole. Staff does not currently intend to widen Hillside Ave, and have not received direction from Council to do so.

 

August 2019 Update:

A Community Q & A was held on Wednesday August 7, 2019 in the Park City Library's Community Room. This informal discussion allowed community members and stake holders  to ask questions and hear an overview of the recommended projects and programs for 2019, as well as provide suggestions for improvement. Over 30 people attended this meeting.

A work session on the recommended projects (listed below) was held on August 15, 2019. Public comments were provided at the August 15, 2019 City Council Meeting. For audio of this meeting, please click here. Council directed staff to come back in September with an update and implementation plan for the projects discussed below.