Parking Restrictions to be Removed on Third and Fourth Streets Downtown
On-street parking is about to get easier throughout central Downtown as 190 parking meters will have rush hour restrictions lifted starting on April 7th. The changes come from recommendations outlined in the Downtown Action Plan, as well as ongoing requests from Downtown visitors and residents.
“We have been working with Downtown businesses and residents and they have been asking for something like this,” explains Rick Tilton, Assistant Director at City of Columbus Department of Public Services. “This will make parking more convenient Downtown, whether you’re there to dine or shop, and it’s better for people who live Downtown and need easier parking for their visitors.”
The changes will affect 66 meters on South Third Street between East Mound and Chestnut Street, as well as 124 meters on South Fourth Street between East Fulton Street and Chestnut Street. Current parking bans prohibit the use of space during peak hours of 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm, and violators of those restrictions are regularly ticketed and towed.
Tilton says that this latest change to Downtown parking is only one of several updates, following the installation of new meters on High Street in 2012, and some rush hour restrictions removed around new businesses on South Fourth Street. He says that feedback from those updates has been positive, with more updates to come.
“My understanding is that one of the goals of the Downtown Action Plan is to review all of the peak hour restrictions in the entire Downtown area,” he stated. “I don’t know any specifics yet, but we’ll be taking a look at other streets.”
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