|North Adams Adds Angled Parking on Main Street|
|Staff Reports, iBerkshires|
01:11AM / Thursday, July 12, 2012
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Motorists heading downtown Thursday will have to keep a sharp eye traveling the north side Main Street — and watch out for cars backing up.
The city's experiment in diagonal parking starts today between Eagle and Holden Street. The yearlong trial has been in the planning since last fall.
Officials are hoping the new parking plan will make dropping by the downtown easier with the addition of eight spots and reduce speeding along the double
eastbound westbound traffic lanes. For the next year or so, parking along those spaces will be free because the meters no longer line up.
Measurements were done on Tuesday and the striping began shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday. A one-man machine zipped around lane, swiftly producing bold white lines to mark the new angles.
The city hasn't had diagonal parking in decades so it may take time for drivers to adapt to the changes. iBerkshires has a front row seat from our office on the "shady side" of Main Street so we'll be watching with interest.
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