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City plans West 7th changes in push to relieve traffic, parking issues

The city is planning several improvements to help relieve traffic congestion and parking in the West 7th Corridor. According to the mayor’s office, the plans include sidewalk improvements, Farrington Field parking options, additional parking meters and one-way streets. Here is a general overview of the plans:

Sidewalk Improvements

Design and construct sidewalks throughout core area. Priorities: (1) gaps, (2) repairs, and (3) new sidewalks.

Approximately $1.0 million in capital expenses, to be funded by urban village element of 2014 bond program. Available funding to be determined in May 2018, after Race Street project bid opening.

Design from May to August 2018. Construction from September 2018 to March 2019.

Farrington Field parking

Continue revenue-sharing agreement for parking on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, pending reopening of Currie Street at Lancaster Avenue in August 2018. 50/50 revenue split Agreement extends from April to August 2018.

Lease up to 400 parking spaces 24/7 for 12 months, with option to renew, subject to certain blackout dates. $7,076.08 per month plus utility fees to be determined, to be funded by West 7th Restaurant & Bar Association. Lease runs from August 2018 to August 2019.

Parking Meters

Install parking meters along all interior streets except Currie. Approximately $250,000 in capital expenses, to be funded by Municipal Parking Fund. Initial rates will be $1.00 per hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and $2.50 per hour from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., seven days per week.

Parking meter enforcement will end each evening at 10:00 p.m. Secure City Council approval of pertinent ordinance on May 1, 2018. Install parking meters during May 2018.

One Way Streets

Designate all interior streets, except Crockett and Currie, as one-way on permanent basis.

Up to $120,000 in capital expenses, to be funded by TPW pay-as-you-go capital funds and, if necessary, by urban village element of 2014 bond program. Retime traffic signals, install signs, resurface streets, and mark pavement during week of April 30 – May 4, 2018.

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