COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --Rush hour restrictions on parking at more than 100 meters in the Short North are about to end.

The changes will make parking along sections of High Street more convenient for shopping, dining and doing business during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.  

The 122 affected meters are along N. High Street, between Poplar Street and King Avenue.

Removal of the restrictions will begin next month, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by March. It will involve removing existing "No Stopping" signs, Tow Away Zone parking meter stickers and regulatory signs at the affected 122 meters.  Also, the meters will have to be re-programmed to accomodate the changes.

Short North neighborhood leaders asked that the restrictions be dropped. Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance, called the decision "a huge win for our small business community." 

 “The Short North is a top destination for shopping and entertainment from the morning, the afternoon and well into the evening,” said Department of Public Service Director Tracie Davies.  “Removal of these parking restrictions meets the needs of visitors and residents who contribute to the Short North’s vitality.”