Olasunkanmi Olapeju, Phd & Marvelous Nnebue

The aim of this research is to examine the viability of unorganized parking lots in Federal Polytechnic Ilaro with the view to determining the feasibility of proposing more sustainable parking areas within the institution. The objectives are to identify the unorganized parking spaces in the study area; determine the parking volumes in the unorganized parking spaces; determine the viability of turning the unorganized parking spaces to organized parking spaces, make proposal for optimal and sustainable parking within the institution. The observatory approach, in the form of parking surveys that essentially relied on parking volume assessment, was adopted for this study. It also relied on secondary data essentially sourced from the Polytechnic’s Master Plan and Strategic Plan. Findings, inter alia, reveals that the average hourly parking volume for all the unorganized parking spaces within the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, varying from the 0.8 in West- Campus Market, 17.2 around B Block (BA, BB, BC, BD, BE, BF & Oba Hall), to 20 around School of Pure and Applied Sciences, is about 8. This of course, only slightly differs from the average parking volume of 14 for all the 15 organized parking spaces within the Polytechnic, as estimated by a previous study by just 6 counts. The study, among others, recommends the upgrade of the unorganized parking spaces around B-Block classrooms, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Opposite Dean of Students Affairs Office, School of Environmental Studies, and the Poly Staff College. KEYWORDS: Lots, Parking, Surveys, Unorganized, Viability, Volume. 0150