AUSTIN (KXAN) — In an effort to keep pedestrians safe, the City of Austin will no longer let drivers park on the busiest part of Sixth Street during certain hours of the week. Parking will be off limits between Red River Street and Brazos Street from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.
These parking restrictions will go into effect May 15. Signs with the new parking parameters will be installed this week.
According to the Austin Police Department, it’s not just the large number of visitors to Sixth Street, but the drastic spike in intoxicated patrons that has prompted authorities to try and lower the number of cars to pass through the crowded area on weekends.
This is part of an effort to find solutions.
“As Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday nights get busier downtown, we have more people, we have more alcohol,” said Troy Officer, commander of the downtown area command.
After recent deadly accidents in the city, they say solutions may save lives.
“We did an assessment and it’s just not a good mix to have vehicles and huge crowds mixing,” Officer said.
The city’s transportation department says the four-block stretch has around 64 parking spaces.
Not all residents are happy about it.
“We moved into this office space at 6th and Red River about two months ago,” said Niles Patel, CEO of Looksy Technology. Patel says less parking spots may cause more headaches.
“It will affect us, it will affect our parking,” he said. “There’s 10 people that work in our office here and we only have three spaces outside.”
However, he knows solutions come with sacrifices. He hopes the new restrictions make the streets safer.
Parking is not allowed during these times:
• Thursday from 9 p.m. to Friday 3 a.m.
• Friday from 9 p.m. to Saturday 3 a.m.
• Saturday 9 p.m. to Sunday 3 a.m.
Cars parked in spots during restricted hours will be towed by Southside Wrecker, Inc. starting May 15.