Safety concerns behind Arthur Street ban

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Parking along a busy downtown street will soon be a thing of the past.
The Town of Truro has erected signs on Arthur Street between King and Willow streets to eliminate parking.
"The volumes of traffic are just not conducive for car doors opening," director of public works Andrew MacKinnon told the Truro Daily News on Monday.
The section of the street is home to the Nova Scotia Community College Truro Campus, professional offices and residential homes.
But with the community college recently expanding their parking, the town decided the time was right to post signs and eliminate the congestion.
"Obviously, it's a safety issue for vehicles and pedestrians," police Chief David MacNeil said.
"Vehicles would often have to come out and straddle the centre line to pass by that area and it was causing a traffic safety issue."
A new overhead light has also
been installed at a crosswalk in front of the college and removing parking is expected to increase visibility for motorists approaching the crosswalk.
The move creates a loop of the downtown, from Willow to Queen, Walker, the Esplanade and Arthur, where parking is not permitted, except for a few areas where the road is wider.
No parking signs have also been posted on the south side of Victoria Street from Faulkner to Young streets where safety was an issue with vehicles parked on both sides of the road.
The town is handing out $15 parking ticket for people in violation of the law.
"You, as a driver, have a responsibility to look around before you park and make sure you're in a legal parking spot," MacNeil said.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College Truro Campus, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Arthur Street, Victoria Street

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Recent comments

  • Country
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    What a relief,now I can just concentrate on the moving traffic comming and going,instead of the all the parked cars that were an added stress.

  • RoadWarrior
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Really glad to see this fnially... there is nothing in this area that isn't close enough for people to walk to from the various parking areas around it.

  • Gail
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    That's a great gift to the public! Parking by the TCC on Arthur ST. has been a nightmare for motorists. Thank you for the NO PARKING !!!!!

  • Keith
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    If the head of the engineering department had not been so anxious with there fancy siewalks and grass and had only put a sidewalk on one side of Victoria St. they wouldn't have the parking problem with vehicles having to wait to get by when cars park opposite on both sides of the street.

  • chief wiggam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    about time!!
    on a side note ,i think the truro daily news should impliment a thumbs up thumbs down feature on their comment sections.
    much like the cbc does and other news sites.
    would be a boost to readership and reader participation.

  • Lee
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    As a resident living on Arthur Street, between Willow and King, I was so pleased to see the guys out on Monday putting up the new no parking signs. Trying to exit our driveway, while dodging parked cars was getting more and more difficult, especially when people would park their cars with the nose of the vehicle cutting off access to our driveway!there are pleny of side streets to park on!

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    'Bout time. Dodging potholes and car doors has become a sport in Truro.

  • glen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Worries that these streets aren't wide enough, is a good reason for the ban. Now I urge these involved in this decision making, to try and Park on Prince St, close to downtown,near Havelock, Iglis, or such and open a car door safely. This has been a huge issue for years, and is a more travel street than the other named.

  • Robin
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Arthur St has been a nightmare for a while but Prince Street is the main road that should have a parking restriction on it. That road is deadly to drivers and pedestrians on a good day.....I am hoping that Arthur Street was just the start.

  • Ardith
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well well what next, sommeone is actually doing something about the traffic and the parking, my my the town is really getting a shakedown what with the traffic situation and the Mayor's comments re Wood St. The whole traffic flow needs to be overhauled, too many one way streets too much parking on the one main artery (Prince St.) and parking on both sides of that street which makes driving a challenge on a good day. Good luck on these issues