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Newsfront - October 31, 2008

Council approves parking change

Traffic clog near St. Isidore's prompts action

by Geoff Gillette

In an attempt to defuse traffic jams on La Gonda Way, members of the Danville Town Council approved plans to make a section of La Gonda in front of St. Isidore school a no-parking zone at the beginning and end of the school day.

Nazanin Shakerin, Danville Senior Transportation Engineer, said the issue was brought to the attention of the town by administrators at St. Isidore.

"They came to us asking for help and we took the steps to make these restrictions," she said.

Currently, there are spaces for parking on both sides of La Gonda near Ryland Cottages. Shakerin said that from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. traffic becomes very slow through that area because parents are dropping off their children. The issue stems from cars parked on the east side of La Gonda that block access for northbound vehicles to El Cerro.

Councilman Mike Doyle said he has driven that area during the problem times and it needs to be addressed.

"That's been a mess forever," he said. "That section becomes a bottleneck and the parking there makes it impossible to access the right turn lane."

Shakerin said town crews observed traffic along that route and noted that during the day there were more than 4,000 vehicles using La Gonda Way. Staff recommended making those parking spots "no parking" during those two timeslots.

Council members discussed a number of options, including a complete parking restriction in that area before coming back to the original proposal. The recommendation was approved unanimously.

Shakerin said she is pleased by the result.

"We're not taking out parking, we're just restricting," she noted. "People will still be able to park there at the other times."

Town crews are expected to install the signs on La Gonda within the next few weeks.


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