New parking restrictions endorsed

Parking will be restricted around Thompson Rivers University and 11th Avenue in the new year.

Parking will be restricted around Thompson Rivers University and 11th Avenue in the new year.

The restrictions were among a number of parking regulation changes endorsed by city council Tuesday, Dec. 17 in efforts to ease traffic congestion and facilitate snow removal.

The new regulations were announced in a city press release Dec. 20.

In September TRU instituted a “pay parking” system for students which resulted in an overabundance of TRU students foregoing the fee to park on Western Avenue. This has led to severe traffic congestion and safety issues. Poor vsibility has led to a number of motor vehicle incidents.

The city has also received complaints from school bus drivers and Williams Lake fire department.

The portion of 11th Avenue between McKinnon Street and Pigeon Avenue is quite narrow and often will have vehicles parked on both sides of the street, making it very difficult for traffic to move through this area.

Parking will be limited to the south side of 11th Avenue only between McKinnon Street and Pigeon Avenue at all times. It is expected that signs will be installed and enforcement of these changes will begin in early January.