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Parking program may be expanded

March 25, 1997

A pilot parking program to help residents who were having trouble finding parking spots close to their homes near Washington County Hospital was so successful it will be expanded, city officials said.

Residents along the east side of the 200 block of Hager Street and along portions of South Cannon Avenue were having problems parking near their homes because hospital employees and visitors were parking in those areas for long stretches.

Signs were put up last August to limit parking in those areas to two hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week. Residents were given stickers for their cars to exempt them.

The program has worked well, said City Engineer Bruce Johnston, but the hours need to be expanded to 24 hours a day because of the different shifts at the hospital.

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The change in hours should go into effect in April after City Council members formally approve them, Johnston said.

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