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Cheswick Council considers parking changes on Coolidge Avenue

Emily Balser
| Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 10:27 p.m.
Cheswick officials are considering an ordiance that would prohibit parking on the first portion of Coolidge Avenue at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street.
Cheswick officials are considering an ordiance that would prohibit parking on the first portion of Coolidge Avenue at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street.

Cheswick Council is considering changes to parking requirements on Coolidge Avenue.

The borough will likely make a decision in August on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit parking and stopping from the start of Coolidge Avenue to the first alley, about 130 feet from the entrance from Pittsburgh Street.

The ordinance would also make the rest of Coolidge Avenue to the Spruce Street intersection residential permit parking only.

Council President Paul Jack said parking on the first stretch of Coolidge has become hazardous because visibility is limited and drivers make somewhat of a sharp turn off of Pittsburgh Street.

“It’s just a mess,” he said.

Jack said the ordinance would put Coolidge Avenue in line with other street parking requirements in the borough.

“Most of the streets have that type of parking restriction,” he said.

Jack said the fire department also utilizes Coolidge Avenue, and having cars parked on both sides at the entrance to the street can be difficult for fire trucks to make the turn.

“It’s become a tremdous amount of congestion,” Jack said.

Borough Secretary Ian Fitzgerald said he would be advertising the proposed ordinance this month to give residents time to review it before council votes on it.

Council won’t meet again until August. Council decided Wednesday not to meet for its July caucus meeting, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. July 17, because there is no new business for officials to consider.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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