Heads up!
Postal fence frees up a parking space

       Westsiders may never be allowed to use the parking lot at the U.S. Postal Service's West End station, but apparently they will now get one more on-street parking space outside the facility at 204 S. 25th St.
       City Traffic Engineering staff told the Westside Pioneer this week that they plan to remove the “No Parking Anytime” signs on either side of the driveway off Cucharras Street at the north end of the lot - now that the post office has fenced off its former entrance.
       The Pioneer talked to Traffic Engineering after learning that a Westside resident had been issued a ticket for parking in front of the fence-blocked driveway last weekend. “Wouldn't you agree those signs should come down now, thus adding another on-street parking space, as well as preventing the perception that the city is using that spot as a parking ticket 'trap'?” the Pioneer asked in an e-mail.
       In response, city traffic technician Phil Quattlebaum noted that the post office had not, to his knowledge informed Traffic Engineer-ing of the fence going in. He said staff will “go out and make the needed changes… as soon as possible,” adding that “parking or lack of it, is one of our concerns in this area.”
       However, he advised motorists that until that work occurs, the space between the signs “still is an official no-parking area, and citizens should abide by the intent of the zone.”
       The Pioneer has been following the postal-parking issue since 2004, when the station manager at the time said there was room in the lot for public parking. But such plans never came together, and in recent years lack of money has been cited as the main reason.
       In a recent interview, Regional Postal Service spokesman Ron Perry said he did not have an exact tally of the spaces in the lot, but estimated 10 to 15. Roughly five employees work in the station at one time.
       Citizens have an interest in the situation because the current parking spaces nearest the West End station are on-street and metered. Another customer complaint has been the lack of a drive-through capability, as is offered at some other post offices.
       Before the fence job, the driveway off Cucharras had provided a second way into the lot. The remaining access for postal workers is a gated entrance from the alley south of the station.

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