Big changes are coming for anybody that parks in downtown Waltham.
The changes are intended to bolster the city’s downtown area and help businesses attract and retain repeat customers, Waltham Traffic Engineer J. Michael Garvin said. The changes come in the wake of the city deciding to remove all parking meters on Main Street.
(These changes were approved during a November meeting of the Traffic Commission)
· In parking spaces between Banks Square and Newton Street, parking will be limited to two hours.
· Parking will not be allowed on either side of Main Street east of Newton Street to the Watertown line.
· However, there are exceptions, including: 30 minute parking will be allowed on the South side of Main Street near Everett Street. Fifteen minute parking will be allowed of the north side of Main Street between Prospect Hill Ave and Prospect Hill Rd. Thirty-minute parking will be allowed on the South side of Main Street in front of the Post Office. Also, 30 minute parking will be allowed on the north side of Main Street between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. west of Bowker road.
MORE MAIN STREET CHANGES
(These changes were approved during a December Traffic Commission meeting)
· All-day parking currently allowed in businesses on Main Street will be limited to four hours. Parking on side streets off of Main Street will be converted into all-day parking.
· However, there will be some exceptions: 15-minute parking will be allowed on the east side of Church Street from Main Street. Also, parking will be allowed in five 30-minute spaces on the east side of Grant Street. Also, parking will be allowed in one space on the east side of Wellington Street.
MOODY STREET (These changes were approved during a December Traffic Commission meeting)
· The current two-hour restriction for Moody Street spaces in front of businesses will be removed and replaced with a one-hour restriction.
· However, there will be several excerptions: 15-minute parking will be allowed in four spaces on the south side of Pine Street. Also, 30-minute parking will be allowed in nine spaces on the north side of Spruce Street.
None of the changes will be implemented until new sidewalks are installed on Main and Moody Streets, Garvin said. He said that project could begin in the spring.