Columbus is adding 120 parking meters along both sides of High Street between Goodale Street and Mound Street downtown.
The city’s Department of Public Service plans to begin installation Oct. 15 of the smart meters, which accept credit and debit cards as well as coins. It expects the project to be completed in early 2013.
“More convenient parking on High Street will make shops and restaurants along High Street more accessible, and downtown more active and vibrant,” Mayor Michael Coleman said in a statement.
“This is another step in making downtown more walkable for visitors because they can park closer to destinations on or near High Street.”
Parking on both sides of the street will be prohibited between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to allow for COTA buses.