City wants more Main Street parking
Brennan administration believes plan would help businesses, slow traffic
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 7:08 PM
By GAIL MARTINEAU
ThisWeek Staff Writer
Bexley officials are looking into opening up more parking on weekdays for East Main Street businesses. They want to help the businesses attract customers and slow traffic through the center of town.
Mayor John Brennan said he has been speaking with the Ohio Department of Transportation about removing some of the parking restrictions on the north side of East Main Street, which also is U.S. Route 40.
He hopes to have an answer by Jan. 1.
Currently, there are certain areas where parking is prohibited from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays. There also are some areas where the amount of time a person can park is limited.
The city wants to lift some of these restrictions.
“We are looking at the possibility of making Main Street more friendly,” Brennan said.
The mayor said he is talking with ODOT to make sure the city would not lose any funding if it allowed more street parking. This could be a possibility, Brennan said, because East Main Street is an interstate route.
Brennan said more parking on the streets during weekday business hours will help business owners and help slow traffic.
“We are trying to develop a Worthington feel for the streets, where all of a sudden, it narrows so that you have to slow up to come through. You notice shops. I am looking at that possibility for Bexley,” he said.
The closest Average Daily Traffic (ADT) volume count I could find for Main Street was near Chesterfield Road, just west of James Road. The volume was about 16,700 in 2002. By rules of thumb, that works out to about 1,700 vehicles in the peak hour and about 1,000 in the peak direction. I think that’s right on the cusp of the maximum one lane capacity for Main Street. If there are a lot of parking maneuvers, it could reduce the capacity and create some undesirable congestion for both drivers and buses. If I were ODOT, I would probably get some newer traffic data and if the count is similar to the 2002 count, give the parking plan a try. If it doesn’t work the parking could be re-removed later.