Last fall, Kansas City officials assured Thomas McKittrick that they would restore signs that had prohibited parking during the evening rush hour on eastbound 31st Street in the area popularly known as Martini Corner.
In March, McKittrick wrote the Watchdog again, wondering when the signs would go up. Given the long winter that had frozen his bones in the ground, the handsome hound decided to cut the city some slack.
But late last month, McKittrick reported the signs still hadn’t been changed along the stretch around Oak Street.
“As I stated earlier, this creates a terrible backup at least 2-3 times per week during the evening rush hour,” he said.
A staff reduction delayed this project, but Kansas City Public Works spokesman Sean Demory said the work is in the pipeline and should be done soon.
Specifically, the signs will ban weekday parking during both rush hours — from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. — between McGee Street and Gillham Plaza.
The Watchdog is feeling a strong tug toward Martini Corner right now, but he wouldn’t dare indulge on company time.
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