City Tests New Angle Bringing People Downtown

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In an effort to drive more people to its downtown, the city of Siloam Springs is testing out new parking.

The city is testing angled parking on both sides of Broadway from University to Central. City staff worked Sunday morning re-striping parking spots over previously placed parallel parking lines. The new parking plan aims to bring more traffic to the Downtown area. The variation on parking creates more spaces for residents and visitors.   

According to the city, angled parking will also narrow the driving space on Broadway, naturally slowing traffic speeds and making it safer for pedestrians. Siloam Springs’ Board of Directors says the changes could take positive steps toward the city’s Downtown Connectivity and Master Plan which was released by the city in 2014.

The city previously tested out angled parking on Broadway between Alpine and Central in October of 2016, but this time around parking spaces are slightly different. In this test the angle of the parking spaces creates more room for drivers than the last one.   

The parking spaces do look a little different than they used to. Whereas parallel parking was in between black lines, the angled parking is between yellow lines.

If you like it, or if you don’t, the city of Siloam Springs wants to hear back from you so they can make a decision on making the angled parking a permanent fixture. To give feedback email Holland Hayden, Communications Manager at hhayden@siloamsprings.com.

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