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Parking on Sidewalks Damages Several Downtown Walkways

Posted March 12, 2007

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— Raleigh leaders are telling people not to park on sidewalks after dozens of drivers created thousands of dollars in damage downtown.

Most of the damage has been on Fayetteville Street, where the city had to pay about $10,000 for sidewalk repairs since the street's grand reopening.

Public Works director Wayne Schindler said private contractors driving heavy vehicles are primarily to blame for the damage. Fayetteville Street is an area where the city uses pavers, which are more fragile than poured concrete sidewalks elsewhere.

City leaders said they are working with the Raleigh Downtown Alliance and Police Department to catch offenders, and the city plans to step up ticket enforcement.


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  • Trooper Mar 13, 2007

    just goes to show you even clearer there is no place to park in downtown, Meeker wanted expensive pavers instead of colored concrete that looked like pavers, and the construction people need tools to work and not ones in a parking deck several blocks. PersonallyI think the contractors should be allowed to park on the street but Meeker wants that parking fine.

  • maflanc Mar 13, 2007

    It seems I've seen many a WRAL news van parked on the sidewalks downtown. What are you doing to help make repairs?

  • mrcrosby Mar 13, 2007

    the only people I ever see parked on the sidewalk are the police on Millbrook rd. I wish they would find somewhere else to try to catch speeders. i realize alot of folks think millbrook is a speedway however, I also don't want to see the police run over a child.

  • 1911A1 Mar 13, 2007

    tow them !!!! after $$$$$ they will stop

  • Tax Man Mar 12, 2007

    Yes, don't just ticket them, make them pay for the repairs - if a car/truck is parked on the sidewalk it needs to be towed - and the owner pay for all repairs to that area before they get their vehicle back. Jerks!

  • Here kitty kitty Mar 12, 2007

    I hope they catch whomever is doing this and make them pay for the damages!!