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Visitors question construction trucks parking downtown

Posted March 12, 2009

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— Visitors to downtown Raleigh are complaining that construction crews tie up too many parking spaces for hours at a time.

Nikki Council said she and her aunt had to park off Wilmington Street and hopped on a bicycle rickshaw to get where they needed to go Thursday.

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"We're riding because it's so packed. We had to park way over by McDonald's," Council said, adding that city parking decks downtown were full.

Meanwhile, construction trucks occupied several parking spaces on Fayetteville Street.

"I don't really think it's fair. Other people need to park there," Council said.

Terry Phinizy, a transportation operations analyst with Raleigh's Public Works Department, said his department issues permits to construction companies to park in front of buildings where crews are working so they can bring in equipment or haul off debris.

The city's Inspections Department also issues parking permits to construction companies so trucks can be parked nearby while crews are working, Phinizy said. For a parking spot to be used, there must be no other access to the building from another entrance, he said.

Contractors said they need trucks close by so workers can ferry supplies in and out. They said the city limits the number of permits, noting that, for every truck parked in front of a building, at least one is parked several blocks away.

Phinizy estimated that 15 to 20 permits were in use Thursday.

James Ghaus said he doesn't have much sympathy for the construction crews because he always has a tough time finding parking downtown while running errands.

"It makes it difficult for us as taxpayers to come and utilize the parking," Ghaus said. "If they say they want us to be able to park, it's too expensive for three to five minutes to pay and go to a parking deck."


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  • Oct Mar 13, 2009

    These whining, self concerned citizens need to get down on their knees and thank God that we have construction going on. I know they pay their taxes, etc. but do they not realize what a total disaster our whole country's economy is in? Construction workers have to have access to their vehicles. I would bet that a lot of the people complaining are also the type of people who would use a handicapped sticker belonging to someone else and take up a handicapped space instead of being thankful that they can walk. What has happened to average Americans these days? It seems like the entire world as we knew it is gone.

  • colliedave Mar 12, 2009

    The trucks are there because of workers who use them; just suck it up and walk a few feet, you can probably use the excercise.

  • quinnwizard Mar 12, 2009

    I agree with StandFast. The reason the construction crews are there in the first place is to fix or create something that is going to benefit "the regular people". The construction workers are the ones that should be upset if the closer parking space is taken by a shopper because they are the ones carrying pounds and pounds of equipment and materials.

  • foetine Mar 12, 2009

    such lies that you can't find parking in downtown raleigh. Mayor Meeker paid $100,000 to some brainiacs to prove that we need to have less street parking so we can park in the garages!

  • Trivr Mar 12, 2009

    Agreed. Seems to me the city has a sensible policy in place that doesn't need to be changed.

  • StandFast Mar 12, 2009

    I cannot believe the whining people out there that complain about workers taking up parking places! Im a local glass man in Raleigh and it is insulting that you think I should risk my life and others to carry a large piece of glass from around the block!! Suck it up people...if it were not for us..you wouldnt have anywhere to go downtown anyways!