June has come and gone, and yet no new parking meters have sprouted along Hyattsville's downtown Route 1. Hyattsville officials now say that they are expecting the meters to be in by the end of August, but on street parking could come much sooner than that.
Back in March, the Hyattsville's Director of Community and Economic Development Jim Chandler said that metered, off-peak parking along Route 1 between Madison and Hamilton streets would begin by the end of June.
Coordination efforts between State Highway Administration and city officials has been slower than anticipated.
"SHA owes the City more signs to complete the process of identifying the areas where parking is now permitted during non-peak hours," said Communications Manager and Actig Director of Hyattsville's Recreation and Arts Department Abby Sandel in an email. "At this point, the City estimates we will have meters installed in early August, but parking will be possible as soon as SHA is able to get signage in place."
There will be no parking on Route 1 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
The new on street parking will provide 61 extra parking spaces in downtown Hyattsville, but will also reduce the number of travel lanes during parking hours from four to two.