Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Longer meter times downtown, more streetlights

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

After spending 15 minutes looking for a parking space, you pull into a spot only to discover it's one of those annoying 30-minute meters.

Raise your hand if this has happened to you.

Raise it extra high if you've then yelled at your waiter and scarfed down your lunch at record speed in an attempt to avoid a parking ticket.

Now breathe a sigh of relief. Because this scenario will be playing out a little less downtown. Read on:

Longer Times on Downtown Parking Meters

By close of business on Tuesday, October 16, 95% of the parking meters in the City’s Downtown Core will be extended to two hours. These changes will take place on over 100 meters between Cascade and Nevada and from Colorado to Boulder.

“This change will make parking more convenient and will allow citizens extra time to spend dining and shopping in beautiful Downtown Colorado Springs,” says Mayor Steve Bach.

5% of the parking meters in the Downtown Core will remain under two hours due to special requests from banks, convenience stores, and the Post Office who have asked for shorter meter times to encourage and facilitate customer turnover in their businesses.

And in other city news, the city is about to get a little brighter. More streetlights are switching on:

Streetlights coming back on

The City of Colorado Springs is nearly halfway through the process of turning back on all arterial streetlights. By end of day today, 1,350 out of 3,500 streetlights will be back on. The process to turn on all of the lights began on October 1, and the remaining 2,150 will be turned back on by mid-November.

“Streetlights are an important function in any urban environment to help provide better visibility and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians traveling at night,” says Transportation Manger Kathleen Krager. “We are glad to be able to restore this service to the citizens of Colorado Springs.”

The City turned off approximately 8,000 streetlights in 2009 as a cost-saving measure. All residential streetlights were turned back on in 2010. Now, all remaining arterial lights will be turned back on. Budget savings from 2012, including salary savings from not filling vacant positions, helped fund the $150,000 needed to turn the lights back on. The electric cost to keep the remaining 3,500 lights on will be approximately $100,000 annually.

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