Park City’s roads are closing fast with the arrival of vacation crowds

A Park City police officer monitors traffic at the intersection of Park Avenue and Kearns Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon around the start of the evening rush hour. Traffic is expected to be heavy in the Park City area until New Years.
Jay Hamburger / Park Record

Traffic was heavy in Park City in the days leading up to Christmas, and car lines will likely stay until around New Years.

Park City has entered what is normally one of the busiest times of the year as visitors arrive for the holidays and businesses gear up for the crowds. There were long backups during peak hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. The intersection of Park Avenue and Kearns Boulevard, a notorious traffic area, was particularly congested on Wednesday afternoon.

A police officer was stationed at the intersection, just outside the Olympic reception plaza, during the 3 p.m. hour to monitor the flow of traffic. The police sport utility vehicle light bar was activated to alert drivers. The intersection carries traffic from Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort, in addition to commuters who work in places like Old Town and Prospector.



City Hall during peak periods provided a series of tips to help someone navigate traffic. Officials previously said traffic increased from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The municipal government has in the past suggested using public transit and adjusting schedules to avoid backups. The free bus system is also seen as an important traffic control measure.



Crowds will likely be larger than a typical holiday period since Christmas and New Years are both on Saturdays, meaning many people will have consecutive three-day weekends.

Information about the Park City transit system is available online at: go.parkcity.org/InfoPoint/ and parkcity.org/departments/transit-bus.

Information on the High Valley Transit system, which operates in Park City and surrounding Summit County, can be found at: highvalleytransit.org.

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