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Parking Sensors Set to be Installed Monday

The administration will not be waiting until April to implement new Historic District parking programs.

The administration will not be delaying a project to install new parking meters and sensors for a new phone app that will direct visitors to parking in the Historic District.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, Steve Lafferty passed on a request to the administration from some merchants asking to delay the implementation of both parking projects until after April 1.

On Friday, Lafferty, director of special projects in the Department of Planning and Zoning, sent a letter to stakeholders advising, “The administration does not want to delay the installation for five or six months.” 

The county will begin installing the sensors below the newly painted parking spaces on Main Street on Monday. Later this week, they will be installed on Maryland Avenue and in the county-owned parking lots in the Historic District.

The sensors will compile information about where parking spots are available; using Streetline’s Parker mobile phone application, people will be able to pull up a map with real-time and static data that can direct them to available spaces.

Work is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Monday, according to Lafferty, at which time all of the parking spaces on the north side of Main Street will be closed. Each space will reopen once the sensor sealant is dry, Lafferty said, and he expects parking will be available from the Patapsco River Bridge to Old Columbia Pike by 10 a.m.

Lafferty wrote that the county has not yet confirmed when the multi-space parking meters will be installed, also along Main Street, Maryland Avenue and in the county parking lots. Meters will not begin charging, however, until after Jan. 1, 2013. 

Also on Monday a contractor will be working to remove part of an unstable retaining wall in lot E (behind Ellicott Mills Brewing Company). The retaining wall is scheduled to be rebuilt next year, Lafferty said.

The attached map shows the dates for construction related to the installation of sensors beneath parking spaces. There are two changes to the dates on the maps: 

  • Lot E will be closed Monday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Lot B will be closed Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Related articles:

- Merchants Ask for Parking Project to be Postponed

- Bigger Problems Than Meters on Main Street

- Do You Want to See a Metered Main Street?

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Peter Edelen October 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Residents meeting with HoCo govt to discuss parking options on Oct 29th 6:30pm at St. Pauls Church. We distributed flyers to up to 120 mailboxes over the weekend. If they don't show, they can't complain later.
Dan Jenkins October 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Today the sensors are being installed in the pavement for this frivolous plan, and the meeting to discuss options for residents is still a week away? This is the sort of thing they might have done before they even spent the County's money. Here is what you should ask for: parking permits for residents in a manner consistent with the regional standard for mixed-use areas like this one. That is, for permits that will allow you to park for free on the street -- but while observing the two-hour limit from 10-6. Anything else and they're bulldozing you. You should also ask if the data gathered from the sensors is sent directly to the Death Star.
john stephens October 28, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Thanks Peter , for the advice. I'd hate to be put in a situation where my voice can not "be heard later" , to complain, or otherwise. Well put.. I'll be sure to attend
Peter Edelen October 28, 2012 at 04:39 PM
This meeting has been postponed until a later date due to the inclement weather. I will update the posted signs on Main Street when new info is available.

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