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Parking on Sidewalks Damages Several Downtown Walkways

Posted March 12, 2007 5:40 p.m. EDT
Updated March 12, 2007 6:46 p.m. EDT

— 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.