Created: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 04:15:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 04:21:36 EST
Downtown Macon will begin introducing reverse angle parking on Tuesday.
While blocks of Cherry Street will still allow cars to pull in to park, blocks of Third Street between Pine and Oak streets will be painted and posted for reverse angle parking, in which the driver will back into the angled parking space.
While the blocks are striped and posted, they will be closed to parking all day on Tuesday.
"We intend to have this type of safer parking set up along the Second Street Corridor, and we wanted to go ahead and create an area where people can practice,” Mayor Robert Reichert said in a statement.
Second Street Corridor is an economic development project funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It stretches from East Macon through Downtown, connect to Little Richard Penniman and Mercer University Boulevards, and create a gateway into Macon at the interchange of Mercer University Boulevard. Long-term, the City wants that Corridor to expand further west along Mercer University Boulevard to the Macon Mall and Macon State College.
In July, City Council approved design and construction manager at risk contracts for portions of the Second Street Corridor, including a vision block from Cherry to Poplar Street and a connector from Second Street to Little Richard Penniman Boulevard. T.Y. Lin International was approved for the design work, and Chris R. Sheridan & Co was selected as the construction manager at risk.