According to Town Manager Hozey, Cape Charles will be keeping reverse-angle parking for a while. It appears that VDOT requirements were not adequately considered in previous design concepts, and changing the parking configuration will result in the significant loss of available spaces on Mason Avenue. Below is the full message from the town:
The Town has been working with many businesses, groups, and individuals for a lot of years to improve the parking situation on Mason Avenue. As a result, the current configuration of back-in diagonal parking was instituted on the north side of the street to increase the number of parking spots. But this configuration turned out to be very unpopular. Therefore, a concerted effort has been made in recent years to “reverse the reverse” and change this to pull-in diagonal parking.
Until very recently, the Mayor and Town Council and all our residents understood that the process to implement this “reverse” was well underway and had preliminary approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
However, as a result of recent changes in Town staff, VDOT was contacted to verify this coordination/approval. What we learned was disappointing.It now appears that VDOT requirements were not adequately considered in previous design concepts that would change the parking configuration. If these requirements are properly considered, reversing the reverse on the diagonal parking would wind up costing a huge number of existing parking spaces.
This is clearly unsatisfactory, and therefore the Town is now reassessing the options. The Town takes full responsibility for any lack in coordination and will work diligently to re-engage stakeholders and determine how to best move forward. We sincerely apologize for the frustration and disappointment that this has brought, and we are committed to learning what we can from all this so that issues like this won’t happen again.John HozeyTown Manager