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Concerns about safety could prompt Crafton officials to restrict parking on one side of West Crafton Avenue between West Steuben and Belvidere streets.

Council voted 7-1 at its March 13 meeting to advertise an ordinance that would ban parking on the western side of the street, coming up the hill from Steuben Street. Councilman Timothy Stewart voted against the measure; Mary Stacy was absent.

“The intention is to restrict parking going up from Steuben,” borough manager Bob Callen said.

However, a motion on advertising an ordinance that would have restricted parking on the eastern side of the street — going down West Crafton Avenue from Belvidere Street to West Steuben Street — failed.

The motion to advertise that ordinance for a vote ended in a 4-4 tie, with Stewart, Tracy Post, Susan O'Connell and Joseph Hayes voting against it. Mayor James Bloom broke the tie by voting against restricting parking on that side of the street.

The area in question is known as “Church Hill” because it fronts St. Philip Church. Parishioners and daycare parents often park along the side of West Crafton Avenue adjacent to the church, O'Connell said.

There was concern the road wasn't wide enough to accommodate two lanes of traffic and a parking lane, but O'Connell said Gateway Engineers studied the area and determined it was sufficiently wide enough.

“It's been that way forever,” she said. “We haven't had any traffic accidents. People maybe have to be more careful, but people should be more careful.”

The formerly cobblestone road reopened in August 2012 after being repaved with concrete. O'Connell said the concern over the width might be lingering issues dealing with the road work.

“Every time we repair a road, there are always little quirks with people using it,” she said.

Officials decided to move forward with the plan to restrict parking on one side of the street as a compromise, O'Connell said.

Council will hold a final vote on whether to restrict parking on the western side of the road within the month.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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