Harlingen Passes Ordinance to Better Protect Motorists

2 years 7 months 2 days ago Monday, July 24 2017 Jul 24, 2017 July 24, 2017 8:26 PM July 24, 2017 in News

HARLINGEN – The city of Harlingen passed an ordinance to better protect motorists near the intersection of Morgan Blvd. and Washington Ave.

Marcos Aguayo is a new employee at a nearby business in Harlingen. He told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he’s learned several things at his new job.

One of those was finding out where to park. Aguayo said many of his coworkers park along Morgan Blvd.

“On the side of the strip, I try not to because I have heard about the accidents here. It’s kind of a little hectic, so I try not to. I try to park in the parking spots,” he said.

Harlingen assistant city manager Carlos Sanchez explained six accidents happened in the area in the last 18 months. The problem was visibility.

Sanchez said the city had to act.

“It’s an area where we have experienced some incidents of vehicular accidents, so we approached this, working in conjunction with the property management group, which is Redelco, to come to some sort of solution to make that area safer for the traveling motorist,” he said.

Last week, the city passed an ordinance that will eliminate some parking spaces on Morgan Blvd. and Washington Ave.

Redelco, Inc. also agreed to close one of the three entrances to their parking lot to create a safer environment.

Sanchez said Advanced Call Center Technologies has leased a vacant parking lot to make up for the loss of spaces.

“In total, the restrictions of no parking on both Morgan and Washington, they’d be losing approximately 50 parking spaces. However, with the improvements that both Redelco and ACT have done, they are gaining about 90 off-street parking spaces,” he said.

Sanchez told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he believes this solution is a win for all parties. The city will be erecting the no parking signs at the beginning of August.

Aguayo said he’s happy about the new ordinance. He believes it will make the area safer for all drivers. 

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