At the June 14th City Council meeting, 5th district councilman Marty Jewell is introducing an ordinance to change the traffic flow on Parkwood Avenue between Rowland and Stafford.
No. 2010-70 (Patron: Mr. Jewell) – To make the flow of traffic
one-way going west on Parkwood Avenue between its intersections with
Rowland Street and Stafford Avenue.
Currently, cars come off of the Downtown Expressway onto the one-way Parkwood Ave at high speeds and are confronted by head-on traffic at the Rowland intersection and continuing until the road ends at the old bus barn at Stafford Ave. There are no lines on the relatively narrow street. Add into the mix, the popular Lamplighter coffee shop and footbridge to Byrd Park that, together, attract a high volume of pedestrians and cyclists at the Addison intersection.
Making Parkwood one way would prevent high speed head on collisions, but would likely preserve the ‘high-speed off-ramp’ impression that makes Parkwood drivers hazardous to residents. On the other hand, making that stretch of Parkwood bi-directional and increasing signage, might slow the cars down, reducing the velocity of potential collisions. What is missing from the proposal, as it stands, according to local residents who frequent the footbridge to Byrd Park and Lamplighter, is a 4-way stop sign at Addison and Parkwood and a “stop ahead” sign on Parkwood that would alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians and fact that they’re entering a neighborhood.