Jefferson City's Transportation and Traffic Commission approved a request Thursday to remove the parking on the western side of Monroe Street to allow the street to become two-way.
While work on the Jefferson Street and Stadium Boulevard roundabout progressed, the city turned the 1100 block of Monroe Street into a temporary two-way street to help divert traffic. The 900 and 1000 blocks of Monroe Street remained one-way, with signs diverting northbound traffic on Monroe Street to Franklin and Madison streets.
Capital Region Medical Center owns four buildings in the 1100 block of Monroe Street and requested the commission keep that section two-way, as well as remove parking on the western side of the street, after the roundabout was completed.
CRMC Director of Facilities Martin Grabanski said the hospital's goal is to clean up the area, so it plans to demolish the four buildings and turn the area into a green space. He said the two-way street and removal of parking will provide more safety and allow drivers traveling northbound on Monroe Street to reach Madison Street without cutting through the hospital's parking garage.
The commission also approved removing a 175-foot portion of parking in the 1400 block of Swifts Highway to prevent Helias High School students from parking in front of residences.
Jefferson City resident Wanda Stayton had requested the city eliminate parking in front of her property at the corner of Swifts Highway and Myrtle Avenue. When city staff talked to Stayton's neighbors to see if they had any objections to the parking removal, two property owners said they wanted the parking removed as well.
City staff and Helias High School supported the request, according to a memorandum from City Engineer David Bange.
Both items will be presented Oct. 16 to the Jefferson City Council.