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Park Roanoke plans to test metered parking pilot

Program starts July 15

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke City Council was able to get a first look at phase two of the downtown Metered Parking Pilot Program.

Park Roanoke will place seven multi-space smart meters in three areas to be tested for 90 days. They'll primarily be on streets where people have the hardest time finding a parking space.

Right now, the city uses a system of timed spaces in downtown Roanoke.

"The perceptions of parking are challenged when they cannot find that on-street space to come down to eat or participate in retail or do some business in the city. So we had a growing interest in trying to provide an additional lever, if you will, to try to open up those spaces. One of those traditionally is a paid-parking scenario," said Debbie Moses with Park Roanoke.

The three zones are on Market and Wall streets and in the zero-hundred block of Salem Avenue and Franklin Road. The multi-space meters will be pay-by-plate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be lots of signs and instructions at the meters and parking ambassadors to help the program starts July 15.