New angled + parallel parking will create 18 new spaces, make two blocks of Main Street one-way eastbound traffic
Striping is expected to begin soon and signage will be placed notifying drivers that Main Street, between Second Street (at the Post Office) and Front Street (the old Raymond Hill Building and Azalea Court) will become one-way for eastbound traffic only. The change is being made to address the lack of parking downtown. New angled parking stripes will be installed on the north side of Main Street, resulting in 18 new parking spots downtown. It will bring the total number of parking spaces along the stretch to 50.
“We’re just trying to gain more parking spaces, which is a good problem to have,” Mayor Michael James said. “The best plan the engineers laid out was with the slant parking on the north side of Main Street, with parallel parking on the south side. It’s basically doubling the number of spaces on the north side. We would have done both sides if we could, but the street isn’t wide enough.”
James said it will take some getting used to for area drivers.
“The big thing is it’ll be one way. If you’re turning (eastbound) at the red light onto Main Street you can go through town like you always have,” James said.
Traffic will remain two-way on Main Street east of Front Street and west of 3rd Street, and on 2nd Street. The only two blocks changing to one-way traffic are in the center of Downtown.
James said the idea of angled parking was first broached a couple of years ago, and as business has increased on Main Street, the discussion about adding parking has also grown.
Drivers should be prepared to use caution while the striping is underway.