Be on the look out for a make-shift parking island on East Fourth Street over the next few weeks.
After numerous cars have been towed from the area where Emerson St. and East Fourth St. merge (directly in front of Emerson Cleaners), the City of Boston will be conducting various tests of a parking island. The City of Boston made an appearance at at a recent City Point Neighborhood Association meeting last week to discuss proposed changes to parking in this area.
But concrete will not be laid just yet. A series of tests involving orange safety barrels and barriers will be placed in the area to ensure that a parking island is the best solution. This will allow residents to parallel park on one side and angle park on the other (side of Fourth closest to East Fifth). If residents agree that the new structure would alleviate the parking spot shortage, a permanent structure will be built.
There will be a net loss of one current parking spot but a gain or many more angled spots due to the fact that angle parking will now be legal.
Other concerns and issues of residents discussed:
- Will emergency vehicles be able to get through?
- Will plows hit the island?
- Would it be difficult even for regular cars to get through?
- Emerson Cleaners and Sidewalk Cafe would like to see 15 minute parking during the day so their customers can come in and out.
- Would like to see a stop sign at M and 4th.
- Would painting lines be an easier and more cost effective solution?
The ultimate decision will be made after the tests are conducted. We will keep you posted.
Now if they could only do the same on the area of Emerson and East Third in front of the post office. Read Peter Gailunas’ blog: https://caughtinsouthie.com/feature/whats