Council may reduce parking

Major changes are proposed for motorists and pedestrians using two Enderby roads.

Major changes are proposed for motorists and pedestrians using two Enderby roads.

Council has instructed staff to proceed with plans that could impact parking and sidewalks on Mill Avenue and Belvedere Street.

“This will be the best option for a walking and driving standpoint,” said Coun. Greg McCune.

Parking and sidewalk widths on Mill Avenue, from Belvedere to Maud streets, will remain as is, but some parking on Mill Avenue, from George to Belvedere streets, will be reduced or realigned to create a wider sidewalk.

Parking stalls near the Mill-Belvedere intersection will be realigned to enhance sight lines on approach to the intersection crosswalks.

“We want to improve safety while not diminishing parking,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.

Staff will also research the feasibility of decorative concrete for beautification purposes and options to possibly improve vehicle navigation of the Mill/Maud corner.

“As a next step, our engineer will revise the design and preliminary cost estimates, which will be brought back to council for approval,” said Tate Bengston, chief administrative officer.

“The works are anticipated to commence in September after the tourist season, to minimize disruption to downtown businesses.”

The catalyst for adjusting parking and sidewalks came as a result of the city planning for underground utility works.

“While the road is tore up, we should try and put it back better than it is,” said McCune.