Turners Falls parking ban shifts to other side of street; effective with sign change

TURNERS FALLS — If you have been parking on the south side of Seventh Street, it’s time to start parking on the north side.

After hearing the concerns of a handful of north side residents who lost street access to their homes for a year, the Board of Selectmen voted to switch the parking ban from one side of the street to the other, effective once the Highway Department moves the signs.

The parking ban came into existence last year, largely due to fire department concerns with parking on both sides of the narrow street during downtown events and weekly church services blocking passage for fire engines.

The middle portion of Seventh Street is surrounded by churches.

The north side of the street was originally picked for the ban to preserve parking for Our Lady of Peace.

Library Director Linda Hickman also supported the switch, saying patrons parking on the south side complain of difficulty removing small children from the passenger side due to the slope.

There was some discussion of a weekend-only parking ban but this fell by the wayside.

The ban runs from Avenue A uphill to the L Street intersection.

Like the current ban, the new ban will be effective for one year with a review in the spring after a full trial of the seasons.

“You should do this again because you’re going to have the other people coming from the other side next time,” said Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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