ROCKINGHAM – Parking lines in downtown Rockingham have been redeveloped in anticipation of increased traffic in the area once the new Richmond Community College campus opens to students.
Caroline Street, West Washington Street, West Franklin Street, the 100 block of East Washington Street, part of North Hancock Street, part of North Lee Street and around Harrington Square have been reinserted. On-street parking spaces will now be able to be located much more easily.
The project has been worked on and off over the past few weeks, as weather conditions permitted.
The old scratches had faded and deteriorated over time.
“With the upcoming opening of the RCC bringing additional traffic to the city center, city staff felt it was appropriate to redesign so that available on-street parking was clearly demarcated,” Deputy City Manager John said. Massey in an email.
The RCC semester will start on January 28. Although the building will not operate at full capacity, hundreds of students are expected to attend classes.
Parking had always been available on these streets before, but the new strip makes it easier for individuals to navigate the busy intersection.
The 100 block of North Lee Street was repainted when it was redone as part of the RCC Project last fall. Block 200 of S. Lee Street will be removed in the near future.
There have been concerns about parking in downtown Rockingham, which have increased since the new RCC campus.
According to Massey, on-street parking is generally available on all streets in the city, unless it is specifically signed to prohibit or limit it. There are no future tracing projects underway at this time.
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