Reverse the parking

Penny Frankhouser exits her car after successfully parking it in a reverse angle lane. The Grand Junction City Council has received so many complaints about these lanes that members are rethinking their original decision and may have them reconfigured again.



After nearly four years and countless complaints, not to mention limited use by the public, it’s clear that the back-in parking on Seventh Street and a small section of Main Street has been an unsuccessful experiment.

As a result, the City Council tonight should accept a plan from the Downtown Development Authority to spend $60,000 of DDA funds to redo the reverse-angle parking while construction crews are completing the upgrade of Main Street.

The remodeling of Seventh Street back in 2006 and 2007 has proved, overall, to be a substantial aesthetic improvement over the previous road configuration, although it occasionally results in traffic slowdowns during the busiest times of the day.

But few things disrupt traffic on Seventh Street like a motorist attempting to back into a diagonal parking spot on a road that doesn’t include enough room to pull out of the flow of traffic.

Reverse-angle parking was little more than an engineering fad, promoted by previous city officials even as other communities — notably Glenwood Springs — were already abandoning it.

It makes sense to reverse the reverse-angle parking on Seventh Street and the 700 block of Main Street.


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