Resident cite multiple traffic, parking problems on Armour Boulevard

Dave Mennenga of consulting firm GBA kept notes on traffic and parking problems residents detailed on Armour Boulevard. The consultants are studying problems and will make recommendations to the city over the next several months.

Residents had plenty of input last night for consultants studying parking and traffic on Armour Boulevard.

GBA has been hired by the city to recommend improvements to Armour from Broadway to The Paseo, including the blocks immediately north and south.

Councilman Jim Glover said the study is meant to address a myriad of problems.

“With all the great things happening on Armour, we need to study solutions,” he said, referring in part to the recent renovation of apartment buildings by MAC Properties.

Those renewed apartments have brought Armour back to life, but residents told the consultants it has made parking in surrounding neighborhoods tight.

Among the issues raised by the participants:

  • Parents said there is no safe place for students going to Academy Lafayette Charter School to cross Armour from nearby neighborhoods
  • Traffic moves too fast from Troost to Gillham
  • Parked cars on Armour block sight lines from side streets, making it difficult to turn onto Armour
  • The new renters moving into the apartments have reduced parking for neighborhood residents and some apartments don’t provide adequate parking for residents
  • Armour needs more crosswalks
  • Police need to enforce parking and speed regulations

The consultants said they will be  working on an analysis of various issues for the next 3 to 4 month, and they will come back with a draft plan for comments from those who attended the meeting.

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