Last updated: September 18. 2013 7:35PM - 916 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — During a special meeting of the Gallipolis City Commission on Tuesday evening, Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney discussed a possible change of traffic patterns along Court Street in Gallipolis, a change that city officials hope will allow for additional parking in the downtown area.

Finney reported that he recently held a meeting with downtown business owners in regard to changing Court Street between Second and Third Avenues into a one-way street which will allow for angled parking on one side of the street and additional parking spaces.

The traffic direction will be westward, or away from the river, and will also allow the city to redirect parking in the city parking area in the vicinity of the new Gallipolis Municipal Building. This, officials have reported, should alleviate some concerns in regard to possible collisions in the area surrounding 2 1/2 Alley.

“I met with the Court Street [business owners] about parking out here — changing Court Street to one-way and rerouting the parking through the lot out here in a different direction — and they were all very much in favor of that, for the ones who came to the meeting,” Finney said. “I got a good response from that, everyone thought it is a great thing to do.”

A change that has been in the works for a few months, Finney has previously reported that changing Court Street between Second and Third Avenues to one-way will allow for the addition of several parking spaces. According to the city manager, there are currently 26 spaces along that segment of Court Street and, with angled parking, approximately 32 spaces will be available.

Finney further told the commission that a public meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on October 1, prior to the next regular city commission meeting at the Gallipolis Municipal Building, 333 Third Avenue.

“I put together a public notice for before this meeting that way if [the public] wants to come and express their concerns,” Finney said. “I’ve already got two emails from people expressing concerns about it, and that’s good, that’s what we’re asking for. We’ll take their input and go from there.”

All citizens are invited to attend the meeting and provide city officials with comments in regard to the proposed change to Court Street. Written comments may be mailed to the City of Gallipolis at P.O. Box 339, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631. Comments can also be emailed to citymanager@gallipoliscity.com.

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