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Platteville council work session on parking Tuesday
White paper suggests parking utility, one-way Main Street, parking ramp
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The Platteville Common Council will hold a work session on downtown parking and traffic flow during its meeting Tuesday.

The work session is in response to concerns about downtown parking in the wake of two major downtown projects — the Library Block and the Steve’s Pizza Palace Expansion —planned for this year, as well as the possible impact of redevelopment of the former Pioneer Ford Sales property at South Water Street and Pine Street.

The Platteville Main Street Program assembled a white paper on downtown parking following a downtown parking meeting Jan. 21, which lists “certain challenges for the city, merchants and pedestrians” from “the density of people in a constrictive area, such as downtown Platteville.”

The white paper’s five listed concerns are inadequate parking space, automobile traffic that is “unfriendly towards pedestrians and bicyclists,” congested downtown traffic flow, lack of “appropriate signage” for parking, and “lack of enforcement” of parking ordinances and traffic laws.

Proposed solutions in the white paper include creating a downtown parking authority to “regulate and enforce parking ordinances,” changing parking ordinances to “take future downtown development into consideration,” building additional parking lots or a parking ramp, requiring downtown business employees to park “on the edges of the Main Street district” to open parking spaces for customers, requiring landlords to provide tenant parking, and requiring city employees to park away from City Park.

Other proposals include returning Main Street to one-way traffic, reducing parking hours at the 24-hour parking lots, requiring paid permits for overnight parking, consistently enforcing parking and traffic regulations including speed limits, changing timing of stoplights, adding a left-turn arrow at the West Main Street/Chestnut Street intersection, adding parking signage, and making parking maps available on the city’s and Main Street websites.