City Council Regular Meeting
With the development and opening of the School of Science and Technology (SST) at the intersection of Fairlawn Avenue with the north-bound IH 35 frontage road, traffic in the vicinity was significantly affected. SST staff worked to implement operational schemes to minimize disruption on the adjacent roadways, however, individuals dropping off and picking up students from the school continue to park, stop, and/or stand along Fairlawn Avenue and particularly around the traffic-calming circle. The presence of those vehicles cause confusion and backup of vehicles traveling through the zone. That backup in turn creates an unsafe and inefficient traffic situation.
City and SST staff worked together to observe the behavior of the motorists over a period of months during the school year and determined that the purpose for parking, stopping, or standing in this area is generally to avoid proceeding through the car line established by the school to effectively, safely, and efficiently allow for student pick up and drop off from the facility. Adequate off-street queue length is available and should be used. It is expected that eliminating vehicles from the sides of the public street along this stretch will allow more free-flow of traffic and subsequently a safer situation.
This concern was presented to the Transportation Safety Advisory Commission (TSAC). During its regular meeting on March 3, 2022, TSAC discussed the issue and voted unanimously to recommend that a no parking zone be established along Fairlawn Avenue in the vicinity of the newly opened school.
There is currently a no parking zone around the traffic-calming circle by Sippel Elementary further to the south, this is remaining in place.
The goal of this ordinance is to establish and provide the ability to enforce a prohibition on parking, stopping, and standing vehicles to keep traffic flowing in a safe and efficient manner in the vicinity of a school and a traffic calming circle.
Safe and efficient traffic flow is a benefit to motor vehicle operators and pedestrians who travel in the area.
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDED ACTION
The action recommended is approval of Ordinance 22-D-23, revising Chapter 86, Section 86-149, Parking Prohibited, by adding a no parking zone on Fairlawn Avenue from the frontage road of IH 35 to 130' north of Ashwood Road.
The fiscal impact of this ordinance will be the cost to install and maintain proper signage and striping in the established no parking zones.
Staff recommends approval of Ordinance 22-D-23 on first reading.
Ord 22 D 23
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