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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 19, 2018

Council approves restricted parking along D Street to improve safety

City attempts to relieve congestion on major thoroughfare
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | May 30, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Fairfield City Councilors Tom Thompson, left, and Daryn Hamilton, center, speak with Fairfield Police Chief David Thomas after Monday’s council meeting.

The Fairfield City Council approved a resolution to restrict parking along South D Street to relieve congestion.

The public safety and transportation committee consisting of councilors Michael Halley, Doug Flournoy and Katy Anderson brought a resolution to the full council that would eliminate street parking on a few blocks of D Street and restrict it to certain hours on others.

Parking will not be allowed on either side of South D Street between Burlington and Madison avenues. Between Madison and Jackson avenues, near Washington Elementary School, parking on the street will be prohibited between 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. on school days.

The resolution passed by unanimous vote with councilors Halley, Flournoy, Anderson, Daryn Hamilton, Tom Thompson and Paul Gandy voting in favor. Councilor Martha Rasmussen was absent.

Halley said the new parking restrictions will alleviate the long line of cars often backed up at the intersection of D Street and Burlington Avenue.

“It’s a real problem during school hours when buses are coming through, but you can go there in the evening and witness the same situation. It’s too much of a public safety issue to ignore,” he said.

Halley mentioned that, during the past few weeks while the public safety committee and council have been discussing the resolution, a major car accident occurred at D Street and Burlington.

Hamilton asked Fairfield Police Chief David Thomas about the accident history of that intersection and of D Street in general.

“It’s the main thoroughfare for not only the school buses but emergency vehicles responding to Washington school,” Thomas said. “We’ve started to go down Madison, which is just as crowded as D Street. There is definitely a public safety concern in that area. Vehicles think they can go south on D Street, and then have to stop for traffic, and we see rear-end accidents.”

Hamilton mentioned that one property owner in the area parks their car partially on D Street and partially on their own property. He wondered about what taking away street parking would do to that person. Halley said he knew which person Hamilton was referring to, and that he had spoken to that person, too. Halley said removing street parking will be an inconvenience for some, but that the city’s top priority must be public safety.

 

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