Rockland to eliminate some parking spaces to improve crosswalk safety

By Stephen Betts | Jul 10, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Public Services Director David St. Laurent, left, and City Manager Tom Luttrell review the crosswalks and parking spaces downtown Tuesday, July 12.

Rockland — The city is taking a step to improve pedestrian safety.

City Manager Tom Luttrell and Public Services Director David St. Laurent walked Main Street Tuesday, July 10, to review the crosswalks and parking spaces.

Luttrell said one parking space on each side leading up to each crosswalk will be eliminated. This will increase the visibility for motorists to see people using the crosswalks.

There will also be signs alerting motorists of the crosswalks.

The state recommends no parking spaces in the 20 feet leading up to crosswalks. The recommendation came out of a pedestrian safety forum held June 26 in Rockland.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jul 11, 2018 07:59

Once again another Bandade is placed in order to kick the can down the road.  The council wastes time discussing "moral" issues, while pedrestians get run down on our streets.  Eliminating parking does not help unless you ADD parking somewhere else.  A parking  garage is talked about from time to time, but just talk.  Pedrestians can take comfort in the fact that the pickup speeding down Main street will at lease see the person before they hit them.  There is much to be done to solve the the Main street problem and we have done little to nothing.

Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Jul 10, 2018 21:27

I am happy to see this change.  I wish they could remove a parking spot at the intersection of Broad and Park.  When going south on Broad, there is a parking space on the right at the intersection usually occupied by a SUV. It is easy to see traffic coming from the left. To see past the SUV on the right, it is necessary to move out almost to the middle of the road to see what is coming.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 10, 2018 15:13

Maybe they can get the police officers to stop people from parking on the sidewalks. First of all the sidewalks are not built for vehicles and secondly pedestrians  should not have to walk in the street or on private  lawns. Obviously it is not a priority as many times I have seen a police officer ride by and make no attempt to clear the sidewalk.


Posted by: Dave Getchell | Jul 10, 2018 13:08

Loss of parking spaces means shoppers get to walk a bit more. At a number of downtown crosswalks, a big pickup or SUV occupying those close-by parking spaces can make it very difficult for motorists to see oncoming traffic when pulling out from side streets. All in all, this seems like a workable compromise to improve public safety.

Posted by: Reggie Montgomery | Jul 10, 2018 12:47

Just what they need, less parking spaces.  Just another deterrent to Rockland businesses.

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