In response to safety concerns about motorists who turn right from South Avenue and into Morse Court—and then immediately travel in the “oncoming traffic lane” to parallel park along the curb there—public works officials will more clearly stripe the intersection.
Morse Court is not a roadway by the town’s definition, but rather an access way for the parking lot, according to Tiger Mann, assistant director of the New Canaan Department of Public Works.
Because Morse Court sees virtually no motor vehicle accidents, police do not target vehicles parked with their left tire to the curb, and parking officials prioritize the numbered spots over those parallel-parked, Mann said.
A resident’s safety concern about the practice came to the town’s Traffic Calming Work Group, of which Mann is a member (along with members of the police and fire department, and CERT).
To deter motorists turning off of South Avenue onto Morse Court and then pulling to the left to park, the DPW is planning to “strip the entrance and exit lanes with directional arrows and a double yellow stripe down the middle,” Mann said.
“It may prevent cars from crossing and parking left tire to the curb, and it may not, but at least there will be some delineation as to ‘This is an exit and entrance and stay to your side,’ ” Mann said.
Here’s the area we’re talking about: