The parking lot at Towers Shopping Center has been congested the past few years since the center gained several new retailers, such as Jo-Ann Fabrics, Chipotle, Sweet Frog and most recently Mirko Pasta and Tuesday Morning.
If you’ve been to the shopping center on the weekends, at lunchtime or at night, you know first-hand that the parking lot can get pretty jammed. (We griped about the traffic woes last year in this blog post.)
The Rappaport Cos., which owns the center, did a study to explore ways to improve the traffic flow, particularly on the upper level where there are three entrances and exits onto Colonial Avenue.
The company decided to try turning the two center entrances and exits into one-way lanes. Traffic enters the center in one turn-in and exits in another. In addition, vehicles can no longer travel the entire length of the parking lot in the lane parallel to Colonial Avenue because a barricade of boulders and planters has been put in place near the Towers sign.
In addition, the parking lot on the lower level was restriped outside Kroger to create pedestrian crosswalks.
Sheryl Simeck, Rappaport’s vice president of marketing and communications, said that the company is testing the changes to see how it improves traffic flow.
What do you think of the changes? Do you have any suggestions for additional improvements?