Farist Road will be realigned with a T-intersection to allow more parking for the ballfield at Fairfield Woods Middle School in a project approved Wednesday by the Police Commission.

The request originated with state Rep. Brenda Kupchick as a way to improve safety in the area, while providing more parking at the field. During Little League games, the lot fills quickly and cars park on the side streets and sometimes, according to Lt. James Perez, on the traffic island.

The island, which creates the existing Y-intersection at Stillson Road, will be removed and traffic redirected to the south side of the street. The north side of the street will be used to increase parking for the field.

Commissioner Walter Flynn cautioned that the work won't take place right away. He said it would not happen until the 2016 budget year, adding, "But it seems like a good plan."

Southport, beach parking issues

In other traffic survey requests, the commission Wednesday tabled action on a "no parking" request for 49 John St. in the Southport section of town, which was submitted by residents of the condominiums across the street.

The commission members wanted to hear from the occupants of 49 John St. before making a decision.

A request for "permit parking only" signs on Penfield Road was approved, as were directional signs in the beach area showing the way to the public beaches.

The commission also appointed a subcommittee to review the overall parking on streets in the beach district.

"It's worthy of looking at comprehensively," Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. One of the suggestions that will be reviewed would entail designating the entire beach district to permit parking only. "We have parking for the beach at the beach," MacNamara said. "That's what it's there for."

Flynn and Commissioner Arthur Hersh will serve on the subcommittee and work with the Special Services Department.