Council Approves Installation of Angled Parking Landside of Palm Boulevard 22nd-40th Avenue
The 60-degree angle would allow vehicles traveling on the east-bound lane to pull into the parking space without needing to make a 3-point turn or drive through the residential neighborhoods to turn around and park.
By moving parked vehicles away from the active and busy travel lane to the interior of the shoulder closer to the sidewalk, motorists will have ample room along the shoulder to back out of the parking space without backing out directly on the narrow lanes on Palm Boulevard. This would also restore a shoulder area for vehicles traveling westbound to pull into while yielding to the right to allow passage of emergency vehicles traveling on Palm Boulevard.
To ensure that safe, orderly and consistent parking on the landside occurs at an angle, SCDOT proposes the installation of parking stops to delineate each parking space. The parking stops will be a temporary solution while the City and SCDOT work collaboratively to install a more aesthetically pleasing alternative. Parking stops would prevent vehicles from driving straight into the sidewalk to exit the parking space and as a result, protects pedestrians using the sidewalk.
The modification will increase the number of public parking spaces from approximately 190 to 267.
The City’s Managed Beach Parking Plan, which was approved by SCDOT in 2015, will be modified to reflect the change from parallel parking to angled parking on the non-ocean side of Palm Boulevard between 22nd and 40th Avenue. The balance of the parking plan will remain in place, including the boundaries of the residential and beach parking districts.
SCDOT will begin the installation on Monday, April 19, 2021.