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City to improve access to downtown businesses

City officials will add new parking spaces and implement a more proactive approach to parking enforcement

Post Date:03/01/2017 4:33 PM
MONTGOMERY – The City of Montgomery today will begin more actively enforcing parking violations downtown while implementing solutions to provide more parking spaces to enhance access to downtown businesses.

New events, businesses, restaurants and venues in Montgomery’s revitalized downtown entertainment district bring increased traffic in the area. Even with the increase, more than 2,500 spaces – including 1,810 spaces spanning seven decks – are available for parking. In addition, free parking is available in city lots or on-street parking spaces on weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on weekends.

“Our goal is to find alternatives to the current situation that has become a safety concern,” City of Montgomery General Services Director Steve Jones said. “We also expect this move will help those who have invested in brick-and-mortar businesses downtown by improving access for patrons.”

City officials cite an increase in parking violations that obstruct proper traffic flow and in turn could hamper public safety, like vehicles parked in travel lanes on Commerce Street between Bibb and Tallapoosa Streets and vehicles parked along the traffic circle at Court Square. Both infractions will be more aggressively enforced. Other concerns stem from how these violations, including parking for longer than the time allotted, affect traffic to businesses. 

The City will install warning signage along the Court Square Fountain, while adding eight angled parking spaces. The fine for a parking meter violation in Montgomery is $15. 

For more information on this program, visit the City of Montgomery website at www.montgomeryal.gov.  

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