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Parking meters on Washington Street could move to prevent accidents

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:00 a.m. CDT
Parking meters on Washington Street in downtown Hinsdale could be repositioned to help prevent cars from jumping the curb and crashing into buildings. (Danny Ciamprone - dciamprone@shawmedia.com)

HINSDALE – So far this year, the 100 block of South Washington Street seems to be cursed with cars jumping the curb and striking buildings – an incident that has happened three times and hit two different store fronts.

But now the solution could be as simple as moving the meters from the curb to the middle of the parking lanes.

"It would be something vertical in the middle of each space so [drivers] would see that as a queue to stop," said Tim Scott, Hinsdale director of economic development.

Scott presented the idea at a June 24 Zoning and Public Safety Committee meeting. It was the most popular of the half dozen ideas Scott proposed, as others included using iron bollards or planters.

“Ultimately, the committee said they wanted to go with the option that would likely result in the fewest amount of resources being allocated to the project and that would also still keep the look that's similar to the rest of the downtown streetscape," Scott said.

Cost of doing the project is unknown at this time, but Scott said one parking space would be lost by reconfiguring the poles' placement.

Scott said he believes the village can reuse the meter heads that are out there now as the meters would just have to be reinstalled onto new single poles.

As far as preventing cars from jumping the curb, Scott said the poles would be standard and are to act as a visual indicator, but could be reinforced with concrete if that is determined after research. For now, Scott and the committee are in the design phase and the next step is determining cost.

“It will definitely be formally considered at one point," he said.

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