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University City Patch - Parking Takes Center Stage at Traffic Commission Meeting

University City Patch - Parking Takes Center Stage at Traffic Commission Meeting

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Parking Takes Center Stage at Traffic CommissionMeeting
Changes coming near Centennial Greenway Trail
ByKareem Johnson|Email the author| April 14, 2011
In a short meeting Wednesday night, theUniversity City Traffic Commission covered a lotof ground.After approvingminutes from the March 9thmeeting, the first order of business were changesthat will be coming tothe Centennial Greenway Trail, a pedestrian and bicycle walkway that joinsWashington University and Ackert Walkway alongMelville Avenue, between Kingsland and Delmar.The trail ends at Delmar, in a plaza currentlyunder construction, which will have traffic signalsat the intersection. The construction required the Search
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removal of 37 parking spaces on the west side ofMelville. Washington University has donated landto the project to allow for the creation of 22spaces to make up for the loses.William Courtney, owner of Cheese-ology Macand Cheese, located at 6602 Delmar, gave therecommendations of the traffic commission forthe project his full backing.“I'm fully in support of them. I think they are greatideas [the parking and traffic changes], keepingMelville two-way, [and] allowing traffic flowthrough that area.”He did have a concern about the parking versesno parking areas along Loop South (Avenue A) between Melville and Leland.Courtney said he was surprised with ordinance 10.44.010, which stated that there is no parking onboth sides, 90 feet from Melville. He said that aside from 10 feet of yellow curb, there is no indicationof no-parking being allowed on the north side of the street.“I would really like to recommend is that you, the commission, would speak to whoever is necessary toget signage and curb painting put on the north side, because people currently park there,” Courtneysaid. He noted that there really isn’t enough space for cars to move in both directions in that location,and that he felt it was an emergency hazard as well.University City Police Officer Shaun Margul, who represents the department at the Traffic meetings,addressed Courtney’s concerns, noting that there is a no parking sign immediately east of theparking lot behind Cheese-ology, where parking tickets are issued as much as the department is ableto. To the west of the parking lot, there is no parking permitted.After Courtney’s testimony, the commission listened to the Public Works Department’srecommendations to amend the municipal code to restrict parking on the west side of Melville
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between Kingsbury and Delmar and allow perpendicular parking on the south side of Loop South(Avenue A) between Melville and Leland.The Public Works department’s recommendations were passed by a voice vote.The second item on the agenda was the Olive Streetscape Project Phase III, which involved a requestto eliminate a pedestrian crossing on Olive Boulevard west of Hanley Road. The pedestrian crossingis on the northwest corner. The city is upgrading sidewalks and American with Disabilities Act (ADA)access points on Olive. A proposal was given to the city by the Missouri Department ofTransportation (MoDOT) to eliminate the crossing on the west side of Hanley. In the March 9meeting,Lee Cannon, the city’s traffic engineer consultant presented three designs, and noted theirnoncompliance with ADA. Option A does not have level landings, which are not ADA compliant.Option B, MoDOT’s proposal, doesn’t meet ADA guidelines because a level landing cannot beconstructed at the curb because of the existing grade. Option C, is not ADA compliant, but keeps thecrossing, and adds ADA compliant components, such as 2 signal pushbuttons, which need to becoordinated with MoDOT’sThe removal of the crosswalk is not under consideration, and the issue was tabled until thecommission gets additional information from MoDOT.The final item on the agenda was a request to install a stop sign on Enright Avenue at Westgate.Officer Margul said that a stop sign was needed at that intersection, a T-type. A temporary stop sign was added to the intersection after the police department expressed safety concerns. There havebeen 10 accidents at that intersection over three years.Margul noted that a stop can’t be placed there, because not ordinance exists for the stop sign to beplaced. The commission passed a motion to have City Council pass an ordinance to place a stopsign at Enright and Westgate. The motion was seconded and approved.Lastly, a comment from resident who recently purchased a home on Crest and frequents theSchnucks on Olive, and when turning off of Ferguson onto Olive, he is met with a very long light, which he feels he could make if the sign was changed to yield on green, rather than have to wait onthe light. Members of the commission met his situation with agreement..y ounc gena or ay ,2.University City Police InvestigateSeparate Shooting Incidents3.A Walk Down Memory Lane4.Memorial Fund Set Up For Family ofUniversity City Man Killed In CarAccident5.University City Man Goes From Painterto Millionaire
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