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City to Experiment with Old Town Roseville Street Closure During Weekends

Sections of Church and Lincoln streets will be closed to cars during weekend nights to improve safety in the bar areas.

This weekend, it will be pedestrians only in part of Historic Old Town Roseville — an experiment to see if it improves safety during the weekend nights.

From 8:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, parts of Lincoln and Church streets will be blocked to all non-emergency vehicles to make bar-hopping safer. This weekend will be the first weekend of enforcement and could lead to more permanent street barricades for weekend nights in Historic Old Town Roseville, according to Roseville Police Lt. Maria Richardson.

The idea is to “test drive the idea to see if it makes a positive difference,” Richardson said.

Although, there haven’t been any pedestrians hit in the area, there is an unsafe mix of vehicles and pedestrians during the peak nightlife hours, Richardson said. Many pedestrians mingle in the streets and move from bar to bar on the weekends and creates potential dangerous situations — situations the Roseville Police Department hopes to avoid by making it pedestrian-only access.

Church and Lincoln streets are home to many bars and clubs including , , and .

According to city documents, the street closure would cost approximately $800 per weekend in overtime of Public Works employees to set up and take down the barricades. The costs would be covered by the Public Works Department budget.

Roseville City Council approved this street closure trial run for the next three weekends in Historic Old Town Roseville. If all goes well, a more permanent resolution will be brought before Council.

Although 42 on-street parking spaces will be lost with the street closure, there are 256 parking spots within the district and Roseville Police don’t foresee parking being an issue, Richardson said.

Church Street between Washington Boulevard and Lincoln Street, and Lincoln Street between Main and Pacific streets will be closed off to vehicles.

Do you think this is a good idea for Historic Old Town Roseville? Is driving an issue during weekend nights in the district?

Sean Carter June 21, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Since there have not been any pedestrians hit in the area, how do they plan to quantify an increase in safety? There doesn't seem to be a problem here that needs attention.
Eric Montz June 22, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I think it's a good idea, but kind of agree with Sean. Also, how does it cost $800 to do this??? Can't you just have those holes in the ground where you can put the posts into them when needed? Maybe that's the "permanent solution". As long as the bar owners are in support of it, I think it's a great idea. Maybe eventually once Old Town becomes popular enough, the streets can be closed permanently and be pedestrian only!
Franklin June 22, 2012 at 01:31 AM
How am I going to get out of the area if I get into a fight in the bar? I'm not that fast of a runner. I need my car to get away.
John Herby Hancock June 22, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Perhaps they could spend the money repaving the city alleyway in front of Nubbins before they spend it on overtime!
JOHN BARLEYCORN June 23, 2012 at 06:55 AM
SO you make parking more difficult for those trying to attend the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting so the drunks can wander the street at will. It also makes one of the largest paring areas and the closest to the drinking estabishments inaccessible. As Sean said, there's been no problem so why go to the expenditure. It's a solution that has no problem. And since it's the drinking establishments that'll benefit from the closure, they ought to be on the hook for the cost of this unnecesssary and foolish measure. Whoever studied, proposed and approved this measure sure could use a little common sense. I have a feeling I know who proposed this idea, those that stand to benefit financially from it.
JOHN BARLEYCORN June 23, 2012 at 06:58 AM
line two: parking areas, not "paring areas"
TheRealBigCouchPotato August 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Do you have any follow up on this article? How is this going over?

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