WEIRTON - Weirton officials continue to see a growing problem with narrow streets throughout the city as more and more cases of parking issues come before the Traffic Commission.
Over the last several months, Traffic Commission members have heard from various residents from Marland Heights, Weir Crest and now Weirton Heights as they say on-street parking is becoming more of a problem.
Chairman Romie Castelli said the city streets are old and narrow and families today have more than one vehicle requiring some curbside parking. A main concern that is true with each complaint is safety, he said.
"Residents are worried that emergency vehicles aren't able to get through the narrow streets while cars are parked along the road," he said.
Public Works Director John Brown suggested getting in contact with Fire Chief Dave Lashhorn and seeing if a fire truck can get through the rights-of-way along with members of the Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad to ensure ambulances can also make it through.
"I know we've had some trouble with our garbage trucks and worrying about scraping cars and tearing off mirrors," he said. "In the winter, it's hard to get the snow plows through as well."
Without a clear solution to solve the problem, barring the widening of roads, Castelli said neighbors must work together to compromise on parking. He said anyone with off-street parking should do what they can to utilize it. If no other option becomes available, he added, the Traffic Commission will look into establishing no parking zones on one side of the streets.
"There is no easy answer," said Castelli.
Over the next several weeks, the Weirton Traffic Commission will be investigating the issue and look to come back with a solution in the coming months.
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