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Back-in parking being introduced near intersection of Wexler, Center streets

June 7th, 2014 6:20 pm by Matthew Lane

Back-in parking being introduced near intersection of Wexler, Center streets

Tim Elsea, Kingsport's traffic engineer, said five new parking spaces beside the China Wok restaurant are reverse angled where motorists are expected to back into, rather than pull into the spaces. Photo by David Grace.

KINGSPORT — Kingsport is taking a reverse angle approach to some of the parking spaces in the downtown area.

Kingsport's traffic department recently modified the intersection of Wexler Street and Center Street by creating a curb extension and reducing the width of Wexler. This extension allowed the traffic department to create five angled parking spaces beside the China Wok restaurant.

But it's not what you think.

Tim Elsea, Kingsport's traffic engineer, said the parking spaces are reverse angled where motorists are expected to back into, rather than pull into the spaces. Similar parking spaces are expected to be created along Press Street, from Clinchfield to Revere, later this summer, Elsea said.

"It's a trial run. We'll probably get more utilization on Press than Wexler and it's something to see if it works. If successful we'd like to try it at different places," Elsea said. "We're not rolling it out on busy streets by any means."

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