With the biomass road construction on Victoria Avenue, Nelson Street, and Portage Avenue having wrapped up for the year, and a new municipal parking lot located behind St. Mary’s Church, the public should take heed that the town has made several changes to parking in that neighhbourhood.
Town council amended Traffic Control Bylaw 10/03 this week to reflect the following changes:
•parking is prohibited on both sides of Nelson Street, between Portage Avenue and Victoria Avenue;
•parking is prohibited on the west side of Victoria Avenue, from Nelson Street to Front Street;
•parking is prohibited on the east side of Victoria Avenue from Nelson Street to 28.6 metres north of Sinclair Street;
•three parking spaces on the east side of Victoria Avenue, north of Sinclair Street, commencing at the intersection of Victoria
Avenue, have been dedicated for use by the Community Health Services Building (these are for parking Monday to Friday, with a two-hour limit);
•four parking spaces on the north side of Sinclair Street, commencing at the intersection of Victoria Avenue, have been dedicated for use by the Community Health Services Building (these are for parking Monday to Friday, with a two-hour limit);
•one parking space on the east side of Victoria Avenue, 36.5 metres south of the intersection of Sinclair Street to a distance of 43.4 metres, has been dedicated as a handicap parking space; and
•three parking spaces on the east side of Victoria Avenue, immediately south of the aforementioned handicap parking spot, have been dedicated as “emergency patient parking only” with a two-hour limit.
As well, the St. Mary’s Church loading zone has been relocated closer to the building’s entrance.
The town has told St. Mary’s that the driveway off Victoria Avenue (north of the church) is for use as a drop-off point and for one-way traffic only as necessary, and not as a primary access to either the municipal parking lot or the church parking lot.
These changes came into effect Tuesday, and tickets will be issued.
Signs indicating the new parking restrictions/designations will be going up in the near future.
Municipal planner Faye Flatt said the parking bylaw amendments, which she recommended to council after consulting with stakeholders, have been made to ease traffic congestion along the truck route, and make it safer, by moving vehicle parking off the street.
Motorists who need to park in that part of town are encouraged to use the new municipal parking lot located behind St. Mary’s Church, which was created and paved as part of this summer’s biomass roads project.
Those who have mobility issues and need to park closer to the clinic still can use the clinic parking lot or park on Victoria Avenue between Nelson and Church Street, as they do now.