By Linda Dillman
It is difficult to navigate John Street and West Street in Canal Winchester when vehicles are parked on both sides of the streets.
Canal Winchester City Council is considering legislation to restrict parking to one side of both streets following recommendations by Public Service Director Matt Peoples.
John Street is 26 feet wide and West Street is 23 feet wide. The width of an average emergency squad is a little over 10 feet and a large truck, mirror to mirror, can be nearly as wide as an emergency squad.
“You have to go pretty slow to get through there (John Street),” said Peoples. “My mirrors had less than a foot clearance. We’re proposing no parking on the fire hydrant side of the street.”
Madison Township Fire Chief Robert Bates said the fire department prefers the no parking restriction on the hydrant side to coincide with the hydrants and a no parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant regulation.
“It would be consistent with the balance (of streets) within the subdivision,” said Bates. “I came through the area and it is a tight fit.”
City Construction Services Manager William Sims said the non-hydrant side of John Street is lined with curb cuts. He said if the parking restriction was enforced on the curb-cut side, it would greatly reduce the number of available parking spaces.
“The situation on West Street is a whole lot worse,” said Peoples. “I almost clipped a mirror driving down the street. It’s very, very tight. A few residents are parking on the street a little more (since the street was improved). It’s a big safety issue. We would like to put no parking on the west side of West Street to coincide with the fire hydrants.”
Gender Road roundabout
Sims said the city wants to educate drivers on how to negotiate the planned roundabout at the intersection of Gender and Lithopolis Roads.
“We’re going to do general education about roundabouts and start that on Labor Day,” said Sims. “We established a website for the roundabout and then we’ll move into sharing information with our community shareholders, particularly farmers. We’re doing our best to pull things pertinent to us together in a meaningful way.”
Sims said construction on the roundabout will begin in the spring with some work will be done prior to the end of the 2013-14 school year. The majority of the construction will take place during the summer.
“Ideally, we’ll have the road useable by the time school starts,” said Sims, who said construction and city representatives will meet with the schools, fire and police departments, farmers and Lithopolis to discuss concerns.