Nevin Clemenson, Fargo, Published June 27 2013
Letter to the editor: Consider dangers on 2-way streetsI’m concerned about the conversion of First Avenue North and NP Avenue from one-ways to two-way streets. The concern I have is the lack of room for the larger vehicles that have to use those streets on a daily basis.
I’m a regular user of the MAT bus system. On some of their routes, they use those particular streets to either start, finish or both. Cars being parked along those streets may cause bigger headaches than just the lack of parking spaces.
Right now, parking is allowed on both sides of the streets. The way the streets are being converted is two lanes in one direction and one in the other. With parking being allowed on both sides of the street, it leaves one very narrow lane for the larger vehicles to get through.
I know that during the transition there is going to be some inconvenience, but after the work is completed, it could be dangerous. People parking on the narrow side could be in danger while getting out of or into their vehicle, or if they park too far from the curb their vehicle may be hit or, even worse, stray into oncoming traffic.
I understand that parking space is limited in the downtown area, but parking on the narrow side of either street should be eliminated, and more public or private (municipal or company) parking should be looked into, if it already hasn’t been explored.