Residents who park on 700 North between 200 West and 900 East have until May to find somewhere else to park.
The City Council voted unanimously to eliminate curb-side parking along that section of road, to improve safety and traffic flow in the area, effective May 1. The vote Tuesday night came after a public hearing where many residents voiced opinions and concerns."I stand in favor of safety first and convenience second," said Tom Nufer, who lives on 700 North but has off-street parking. He told the council that he has difficulty pulling out of his driveway safely because parked cars block the view of oncoming traffic.
Other people expressed concern about where people would park after parking along 700 North is eliminated.
Many of the apartment complexes on 700 North were built without adequate parking for residents, said Len Wyngarden, manager of an apartment complex on 700 North. He counted more than 150 cars parked along 700 North. He said those cars would have to go somewhere.
"The only parking I have is on the street," said Mike Taylor, who lives in a basement apartment with three roommates.
After hearing the City Council's decision, roommate Alan Long said, "I'll be moving by the fall anyway, but this summer I'll have to find out what the parking tickets are like. It will be a mess in the fall."
Two members of the Brigham Young University Student Service Association addressed the council as representatives of students and requested that the City Council take more time to consider students' opinions.
"We very much appreciate BYU students," said Mayor Joe Jenkins, commenting on the benefits Provo derives from the university. "On the other hand, they bring challenges."
Jenkins said the city must weigh conflicting interests. For example, there is a need in Provo for more apartments. At the same time, Provo is under pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide in the air. And the city is faced with the problem of transporting people.
There is no doubt that by eliminating parking on 700 North other problems will be created. But, Jenkins said, decisions must be made for the benefit of the city as a whole.
Provo has good traffic flow north and south but poor flow from east to west, Jenkins said. Eliminating parking on 700 North is expected to improve that.
City Engineer Nick Jones said the city has studied the area for six to seven years. The number of accidents along the street has drawn attention to the street. Eliminating the parking is expected to improve safety.