Why is parking allowed along 36th Street north of Columbus Road to the street before the hill that precedes Wavering Park? Parking is allowed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. when it's generally dark. You pop over the hill going south in the far right lane, and you could find yourself zeroing in on a parked car. To me this is a little dangerous, especially at night.
The speed limit is 30 miles per hour in this stretch of 36th Street, which is a four-lane road from Broadway to Wismann Lane. The nighttime parking is allowed for people living on Melodie Lane, Lindell Avenue, Colonial Court and Orchard Road, but it also restricts parking during high traffic times to allow for increased vehicle flow during the day.
City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp said parking is allowed at night to benefit the residents living in the area.
"Although I'm not aware of any recent accidents caused by allowing parking along this section of road, I will review this concern with the Traffic Commission at our next meeting to see if some type of warning signage is warranted," Steinkamp said.
Alderman Paul Havermale said 3rd Ward residents concerned about parking along 36th Street should contact him or Alderman Kyle Moore, "and we will just refer it to the traffic commission."
Steinkamp said residents were asked several years ago if they would like to see the allowable nighttime parking removed, and they were opposed to the idea.
"Any time we remove parking in front of someone's house, people get very protective of that," Havermale said. "It kind of hinders their ability to have gatherings at their home. I understand it completely. We try to stay sensitive to that."
There's a new building going up next to Bed, Bath and Beyond in Quincy. What business will be located there when finished?
Texas Roadhouse is building a new restaurant at 52nd and Broadway. Part of a metal building that was used for lumber storage by the old Furrow's store was demolished to make room for the restaurant.
Owner Steve Brink said the building was framed up in about eight days, and contractors are now hanging drywall. Plans call for the restaurant to open by Feb. 25.
Texas Roadhouse specializes in steaks and is a national chain with more than 300 restaurants in 40 states. The company has grown quickly since the first restaurant opened in 1993 in Clarksville, Ind.
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