AUSTIN (KXAN) - Business is booming at a South Austin Bar, but that popularity is creating a parking problem that's gotten the attention of the Texas Department of Transportation.
But now TxDOT is stepping in with plans to install "No Parking" signs on both sides of the street to prevent pedestrian accidents.
The bar owners are building another parking lot next door to handle the problem, and say putting up no-parking signs will only make the problem worse.
"It would be a lot safer if they could just park on this side of the street and just walk along the sidewalk or the side of the road," said Richard Veregge, co-owner of the bar.
He fears that without a place nearby to park, patrons will have to walk even farther and cross more streets without sidewalks; posing an even-bigger risk.
TxDOT plans to have the signs installed within two months, and a nearby neighborhood has already installed signs and threatened to tow violators.
The owners of The Moontower Saloon are also frustrated that there is no appeals process to the TxDOT decision. They were hoping the city would install crosswalks and lights instead.
In a statement to KXAN News, TxDOT said: "As of right now, it's not safe for vehicles to park on the far shoulder of Manchaca. The most important thing here is the safety of the pedestrians and drivers. There isn't much they can do since it's a safety issue for motorists and pedestrians."
Now, the Moontower Saloon owners are hoping that customers not only stay safe, but keep coming back, despite the parking woes.
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