SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -Reverse-angle parking is making its debut in Springfield soon. It’s implemented across the country and now the City of Springfield is going to try it out. Instead of pulling into angled parking, drivers must pull past the target stop, stop and signal then slowly back into the reverse-angle spot.
Not only will the reverse-angle parking add 80 plus parking spots but the City of Springfield said it’s a safer alternative for visitors on Commercial Street.
“There’re several benefits to reverse-angle parking that included added safety for bicycles, pedestrians, kids entering and exiting vehicles,” said Eric Claussen, The City of Springfield Traffic Engineer.
The City of Springfield said a study found more than 170 parking spots are needed on Commercial Street. Business owners agree.
“There’s new businesses on the street and more and more people come to Commercial street all the time and just not people complaining but they’ll mention how tough parking can be,” said Joe Terry, Big Momma’s Coffee and Espresso Bar.
“People might not try and find parking when they only have an hour to eat and if they can’t find a close parking spot they’ll go somewhere else,” said Anne Walls, Savoy Ballroom and Dance With Me.
City officials said when implementing new things there can be a learning curve.
“In addition to striping we’ll have additional signs, we’re also going to implement dynamic message signs up here to alert people of the change,” said Claussen.
They’re confident people will grow accustomed to it.
“A little harder to get into but everyone loves just pulling straight out of a parking space instead of backing out,” said Terry.
“I know I’m going to be able to reverse-angle park a lot easier than I’m able to parallel park,” said Walls.
The City plans to gather feedback from visitors and business owners.
“This is our first implementation so we don’t know what to expect but we hope people will embrace it and encourage additional people to come up here and check out Commercial street,” said Claussen.
The City of Springfield said the actual project itself will only take two days but they will do an additional trial period for eight weeks. The project starts next Wednesday between Robberson and Jefferson.