Improved Shoulders Parking Lanes


  • Physical Address
  • Municipal Plaza Building
    114 W. Commerce, 6th Floor
    San Antonio, TX 78205   
  • Mailing Address
  • P.O. Box 839966
    San Antonio, TX 78283-3966
  • Phone
  • 210.207.8022


  • Razi Hosseini, P.E.
    Director/City Engineer
  • Anthony Chukwudolue, P.E.
    Deputy Director
  • Christie Chapman
    Assistant Director
  • Nefi Garza, P.E.
    Assistant Director
  • Luis Maltos, P.E.
    Assistant Director
  • Paul Berry
    Chief Communications Officer
Pavement Markings: Improved Shoulders/Parking Lanes

Improved shoulders/parking lanes are areas along the edge of the roadway created by marking an eight-inch wide solid white stripe parallel to the curb or edge of the pavement. A minimum of seven feet from the edge of pavement is needed for a designated marked parking lane. The width is sufficient to allow parking for vehicles but not be mistaken as travel lanes, creating confusion for motorists. For wider roadways, hatch stripes may be added between the vehicle travel lane and the shoulder to serve as a buffer.

Stop Lines Stop Bars


  • Narrows the motor vehicle travel lane which may cause motorists to reduce their operating speeds
  • Seven to eight foot improved shoulders may serve as a parking lane
  • Keeps vehicles further away from the side of the roadway providing a buffer area next to the sidewalk


  • Markings require continuous maintenance
  • Not as effective when markings are faded
  • Level of speed reduction is usually minimal

Eligibility Considerations

  • Street width must exceed 36 feet
  • Street must not be classified as an arterial roadway


Reduced Speed          

Enhanced Safety          

Reduced Volume