STEPHENS: Stephens College to limit Melbourne Street parking

Friday, September 16, 2011 | 4:12 p.m. CDT; updated 4:47 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — The director of campus security at Stephens College, Tony Coleman, has requested parking limitations for seven spots on Melbourne Street.

Coleman wrote a letter to traffic engineer Scott Bitterman on Aug. 2 requesting the spots be changed to 20-minute loading zones because they are near the Stephens College Children's School.

The issue was addressed at the City Council's Sept. 6 meeting and is up for a second read and vote at Monday's meeting.

Because the spots are located on the west side of the children's school, concerns have been raised about congestion during pick-up and drop-off times.

Students often take these spots for an entire day or overnight because they are also close to the dorms and various buildings.

"By limiting the time, it takes traffic off the side streets, which are very narrow," Coleman said.

Security has monitored pick-up and drop-off times when young children cross the street and can dart from behind parked cars. By giving each parking spot a 20-minute limit, parents wouldn’t have to constantly maneuver around cars to pick up their children.

Tiffany Slusher from the children's school explained that, though Melbourne Street is only congested for about 30 minutes before and after school, the street basically becomes one-way, which is an inconvenience. 

As far as student response, Coleman does not think it will cause much of a problem to take away these spots. He said they could easily absorb them in on-campus parking. Stephens College has eight unfilled student parking lots, and students can still register for spots.

Coleman said it would take two to three months to implement the change if passed.

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