Parking restrictions

What: No parking due to bike lane repainting

When: North side on Monday, south on Tuesday

Where: University Avenue from Broadway to 9th St.

More info: Visit https://bouldercolorado.gov/transportation/complete-streets

The city of Boulder will be prohibiting parking on parts of University Avenue on University Hill next week to repaint bike lanes, but some students said the timing with the start of school could mean trouble.

Signs began going up this week along University Avenue between Broadway and Ninth Street announcing the restrictions. Parking on the north side of the road will be prohibited on Monday, while the south side will be off-limits on Tuesday.

Crews will be painting new, buffered bike lanes as part of the transportation departments Living Laboratory project, according to city transportation operations engineer Bill Cowern.

The project, part of the city's transportation master plan, aims to improve the bike and pedestrian system. While the bike lanes from Broadway to Ninth will have a buffer separating it from the road, the lanes from Ninth to Seventh streets will remain the way they are, and the city will see which is more effective.

But some students who live in the area are concerned that with school starting on Monday, the work will take away valuable parking space on the Hill as students come back to classes.

Alex Englehart, who lives in the 1100 block of University, said parking has been harder to come by in recent days as people have started to move back into the city.

"Lately it has been harder to find parking," Englehart said. "Everyone is starting to come back."

Wil Mason said only two of the four people who live with him in a house in the 1000 block of University Avenue have cars, but he still thinks parking will be hard to find when school starts.

"Yeah, I think it'll be a pain," he said. "It's kind of hard to find parking already, so I guess it's going to be kind of a mess."

Cowern said the city would have liked to do the work in the summer, but that there simply wasn't enough time.

"It would have been ideal to do it over the summer, but there was just too much other stuff going on," he said.

As for doing the project on the first week of school, Cowern said the parking and traffic situation on the first day of school is not any different from other school days. He said the only week the city tries to avoid is move-in week.

"That's the week we try and avoid construction and parking impacts," Cowern said. "Once school starts, it's pretty much the same until Christmas break rolls around."

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329 or byarsm@dailycamera.com.