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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New parking restrictions added to MLK Drive

Parking just got a little tougher for students at the University of Cincinnati. Traffic Engineers from the City's Department of Transportation & Engineering (DOTE) have now eliminated on-street parking during rush hour commutes along Martin Luther King Drive heading between Woodside Drive (entrance to Burnett Woods) and Clifton Avenue (map).

Martin Luther King Drive between Woodside & Jefferson removed on-street parking completely when the street was repaved [LEFT]. Martin Luther King Drive between Woodside & Clifton now has rush hour on-street parking restrictions [RIGHT]. Photography by Jake Mecklenborg.

The westbound stretch of roadway has been precariously without parking meters and is one of the most sought after off-campus parking locations for students at UC's College of Business and College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning. While the eastbound side does have parking meters, the rates are extraordinarily low and are not on pace with nearby parking rates on-campus, in Burnett Woods, on other off-campus streets or garages.

The move comes after the City completely removed on-street parking from the both directions of MLK Drive between Woodside Drive and Jefferson Avenue, and is seemingly part of the larger effort to grow MLK Drive to a much more auto-oriented street than is currently present.

DOTE officials state that the new parking regulations are intended to "improve traffic flow" and "reduce traffic accidents" along the six-lane stretch of roadway. The new regulations prohibit parking eastbound on MLK Drive Monday through Friday from 6am to 9am and westbound from 3pm to 6pm.


Allison Johnson said...

I really sympathize with UC students trying to find a parking space, but I'm glad they're taking cars off that stretch of MLK during rush hour. So scary when I'm cruising up the hill toward Clifton Ave and someone slams on their brakes for a parallel parker.

CityKin said...

Parallel parking is a problem there during rush hour. They should continue the transition to a boulevard design like MLK near the hospitals.

Nate said...

I have to say that I disagree. Being a pedestrian who lives on Riddle Road, Martin Luther King needs to be treated less like a boulevard because in Cincinnati people think boulevard means highway...
The current problem on MLK is speed, the road needs to be pedestrianized, with lower lights, interspersed medians, wider side walks, and paving changes. These are proven methods to increase traffic safety for drivers and remind them they are in the heart of uptown not on the freeway.
Decisions like this stand to increase my lack of faith in the city planning offices and Mr. Michael Moore interim director of Cincinnati DOT.

5chw4r7z said...

I always worry about the students who don't believe in cross walks and run from their cars straight across MLK. Scary stuff sometimes.

Maybe MLK needs something to slow cars down, it can be a Grand Prix when the lights change.

Unknown said...

The city actually installed parking meters on the westbound side a few weeks ago as well, unfortunately.

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