Ever tried to drive north on Dean Street into the Square, when a tractor-trailer or other large delivery truck is parked in the traffic lane by Angelo’s, so that the driver can unload his delivery?
A little problem? A big problem!
There is no doubt that the driver needs to deliver his food to Angelo’s. Customers tend to get a little unhappy when they want to order bacon & eggs and there aren’t any.
Drivers need to be able to stop close to the delivery point and make their deliveries fairly quickly, so that they can get on to the next stop. The driver is probably not seated in Angelo’s, enjoying a leisurely breakfast and that extra cup of coffee.
What’s the problem? When you are the driver who has driven around the Square and wants to turn right at the Opera House and go south on Dean, there is probably no problem, unless you happen to meet a car head-on in your lane after making the turn.
Or, if you are the driver stopped behind the truck, hoping and praying that a driver coming your way might just be courteous enough to stop well back and allow you to pull out from behind the truck and drive on the wrong side of the street to pass the parked delivery truck.
Recently I suggested to the City that a Loading Zone be created on Dean Street between Calhoun and Van Buren Streets. As I recall, the response was, “We’ll look into it.”
Well, the “looking time” has passed. What’s the decision? How about a Loading Zone from 7:00-9:00AM for the three-four parking spaces on the east side of Dean Street? Then the driver of a tractor-trailer or other delivery truck could just pull straight into it, make the delivery, and leave. By the way, the driver should stop far enough back from the stop sign so as not to obstruct an approaching driver’s view of the stop sign.