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Carnegie Council could limit parking on Beechwood Avenue

| Friday, June 16, 2017, 11:45 p.m.

In an attempt to alleviate a parking shortage on Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie Council could impose two-hour time limits on parking.

Council this week unanimously voted to advertise an ordinance with the restrictions. They could vote on the ordinance at a July 10 meeting.

The ordinance would limit parking on both sides of Beechwood between Home Street and Capital Drive to two hours.

Home Street is located behind the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, which this month began a two-year project to create Library Park. This summer's work has closed off the parking lot of the library and music hall, forcing patrons to park on the hillside near the facility. Music hall patrons for evening performances are asked to use a free shuttle from the public parking lot at Main and Pine streets.

Under the borough's proposal, parking would be limited only on the east side, and to two hours, between Home Avenue and Williams Way.

Council member Michael Sarsfield said if the ordinance is approved, residents of Beechwood Avenue will be exempt. He said they will be issued permits for their parking.

Sarsfield also said Carnegie Police will enforce the ordinance when a resident complains of a violation, but will not monitor the street for violators.

If approved, the parking ordinance will have a six-month sunset provision. If council members are not satisfied with the results they could let the ordinance expire. Or, if they wish, they can make it permanent.

Eric Eisert is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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