Downtown Dispersed Parking
Dispersed Parking Demonstration Area
On April 26, a contractor for the City of Moab will paint new parking stalls on 100 East between 100 North and Center Street as a demonstration of the new dispersed parking approach planned for several downtown streets. Note: Parking on this block will be unavailable for several days while crews are painting.
Those unable to attend in person are invited to pre-register for a digital meeting on Thursday, May 5 at 9 a.m. Register here.
Background and History:
In 2019, the Moab City Council approved the Moab Parking Management Study to guide how parking concerns are addressed in the downtown area. Parking availability, relocation of parking following the recent U.S. 191 widening project, addressing the number of oversized vehicles and trailers, and safety considerations for all vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians are all considered. In 2020, it was agreed that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recreation hotspot funding would be used to address congestion by dispersing parking around the downtown area. This approach will add or redesign on-street parking on several streets downtown, increasing overall parking by 150-200 stalls.
Along with parking improvements, 6 percent of the UDOT funds can be allocated to aesthetic enhancements. The project team is currently examining ways to ensure a sustainable approach to the parking design that meets the UDOT requirements and fits community needs.
Opportunities for public involvement include a business and property owner workshop in early May and a public open house in the summer, as well as regular updates to the Moab City Council and newsletter updates at major project milestones. To stay up to date on the project, sign up for email updates at email@example.com or call 888-556-0232.
Project Demonstration Site
During the week of May 4, 2022, the City of Moab will paint new parking stalls on 100 East between 100 North and Center Street as a demonstration of the new dispersed parking approach to be implemented on multiple blocks downtown later this year. The dispersed parking project is being done in place of the previously proposed downtown parking structure.
The project team will meet with property and business owners on the affected blocks to gain input into their access needs and business operations in early May, then host an on-site open house in June for the public to share their thoughts.
downtown dispersed parking planning & public engagement Schedule
How Will Downtown Parking Change?
- Parking in downtown is being redesigned to be more efficient and maximize the available space, reducing traffic congestion and improving options for visitors to walk to downtown businesses.
- Based on your input, the City of Moab has successfully coordinated an approach to dispersed parking to utilize the $5.2M in UDOT recreation hot-spot funding.
- By converting the existing on-street parking in the Downtown and Emma Blvd area, the project will add between 150-200 parking stalls in the downtown area. By dispersing them, parking options support more area businesses.
- The center of the roadway on 200 N, 100 N, and Center Street will be converted into two-way center angle parking
- The existing angled parking on 100 E, Center Street, and 100 S will be converted to 60-degree parking
- The intent is to provide 14’ travel lanes in each direction
- Where the roadway is wide enough, some parallel parking is maintained in addition to the angle parking.
- Where the roadway is narrower, some on-street parallel stalls are removed to allow for wider travel lanes and space for vehicles backing out.
- Portions of the project may be constructed during different time frames. For example, the Emma Blvd portion could start earlier than the downtown portion of the project.
- Adds opportunities for aesthetic improvements and/or landscaping in the project area
- SUSTAINABILITY: The project team is considering sustainability in the design, including LED and dark-sky lighting features. Self-operating solar elements will not be considered for individual lighting elements because the town of Moab is focusing on a solar plan for the full electrical grid.
- U-TURNS: U-turns on the side streets will not be allowed at the intersection with Main Street for safety.
We Want Your Input
The project team wants to ensure that the public can help inform the design process and will provide several opportunities throughout 2022.
Sign Up For Updates
To stay up to date on this project, visit moabcity.org/DowntownDispersedParking, call 888-556-0232 or email “subscribe” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Periodic email updates will be provided as the design progresses.