Despite a petition signed by residents, the city of Washington’s traffic committee wouldn’t sign off on a request to remove no parking zones in the Stone Crest subdivision.

The traffic committee unanimously rejected the request to allow street parking in the 2600 block of Deutsch Crest Drive. The committee agreed removing the zones would shrink the driving lane too much.

Nine residents asked the committee to remove the street parking restriction on Deutsch Crest off South Point Road. The residents requested removing the no parking signs on the south side of the street with the goal of giving guests a place to park.

The parking issue is complicated because of medians. With the medians in place, Director of Public Services John Nilges said street parking has to be prohibited.

Nilges said the driving lane is 15 feet right now. City code requires 7.5 feet for parking stalls which would leave only 7.5 feet of the driving lane. A typical driving lane is 10 feet, he said.

The lane would probably be wide enough for a single-passenger car, but not for bigger vehicles. Nilges said trash trucks, emergency vehicles, and other larger vehicles would not be able to pass.

Councilman Steve Sullentrup said if the residents wanted to pay to get the median removed, it might be possible to lift the parking restrictions. As it stands now, the commission agreed the road is too narrow for street parking.

Speed Study

Cold weather and the holiday season pushed back a speed study for a portion of East Fifth Street.

At November’s traffic commission meeting, the board requested a speed study of Fifth Street between International Avenue and Highway 100. The board wanted to review the speed limit and see if an adjustment is needed.

Thanksgiving interrupted plans to do the study in November and Nilges said the weather and holidays delayed December’s study.

Nilges said the study would be ready for the commission’s February meeting.

The commission has decided to review the speed to see if the speed limit needs to be changed. The current speed limit in the area is 30 mph, but because of the hills, people may be going faster.

Washington police officer Mike Grissom said in December he ran the crash data for the area since the beginning of 2017. He said there have been eight reported crashes, but speed was not a contributing factor in any of the reports.