With the recent, unheralded success of the back-in angled parking on Hickory St., the city is looking to expand the experiment to other areas of town. One area in town that only has parking needs at certain times is by Apogee Stadium near the 35E and 35W junction. That area is where the city is currently looking to install back-in angled parking to alleviate parking issues at UNT football games.
Recent surprisingly successful football seasons have caused a rise in attendance to the University of North Texas home games which have come with their fair share of problems. The parking lot next to Apogee is often sectioned off during games to make room for outdoor activities such as tailgating. This has caused people to park along Bonnie Brae which, in turn, has caused problems for trucks coming to and from fracking wells down Bonnie Brae.
TxDOT will work with the city and UNT to alleviate these issues. The groups hope to work together to install back-in angled parking along the 35E corridor in Denton county. More specifically, the are they are looking to work on falls directly underneath the pedestrian bridge and extends about a quarter of a mile in both directions. TxDOT believes they can do this with adding an additional lane for through traffic and the city believes this is doable by moving pre-broken sidewalks from other areas in town to the side of 35E with ladders that go up to the pedestrian bridge. "We looked into an underground tunnel, but then we stopped looking at it. We only work like 4 hours a day for 3 days a week, after all. Want a cheese tot?" some dude at TxDOT said.
While this may sound like a drastic change (we can't recall ever seeing parking along a major thoroughfare such as 35E, ourselves), the move will actually create over 150 parking spaces in an area of Denton that is often subject to lots of traffic.