2014-06-13 / Front Page

Eastern Trail parking spots are approved

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer

ARUNDEL — The board of selectmen approved the installation of six to eight parallel parking spaces on the west side of Limerick Road, near the juncture of the Eastern Trail.

The juncture lies southeast of town hall, between the respective intersections of Limerick and Mountain roads, and Limerick and Campground roads.

There is designated parking for the Eastern Trail in the corner of the town hall parking lot; however, the walk to the actual trailhead is somewhat precarious due to the narrow road and minimal shoulder.

“Walking from the town hall parking lot to the trail, we got a lot of comments about safety,” said Town Manager Todd Shea. “Since we don’t have a sidewalk, we thought we’d allow parking there.”

Reconsidering the municipal ordinance started last year, when illegal parking at the entrance of the Eastern Trail was anticipated to cause safety issues due to the road’s slightly elevated curve.

In February, Roger Taschereau, director of the public works department, voiced the possibility of installing a handful of gravel parking spaces on the shoulder of Limerick Road near the Eastern Trail — a venture likely to cost about $1,900.

Last summer the town of Arundel received a grant for participating in community-healthy activities after residents participated in a rural active living assessment conducted by the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition. The grant is to be used for activities that promote healthy living, Shea said in February. The town has been encouraged to spend that money — approximately $1,500 — to build parking spaces, Shea said.

Gravel parking spots, factoring in the use of grant money plus the cost of gravel, would cost approximately $400.

The municipal ordinance reads, “There shall be no parking within ten feet of the pavement on either side of the Limerick Road beginning at the intersection with the Eastern Trail extending in both a northwesterly and southeasterly direction for 1,000 feet.”

Additonal amendments to the ordinance read, “Provided, however, parallel parking may be allowed on the westerly side of the Limerick Road in an area between the westerly sideline of the Limerick Road and the traveled portion of the way.”

The parking area, in full, is about 15 feet wide.

Parking will only be allowed on the west side of Limerick Road at a point that is 25 feet “northerly of the intersection of the northerly sideline of the Unitil- Granite State Gas Transmission.”

The length of the parking area will be 125 feet — room for approximately six to eight cars, Shea said.

Parking outside of the area will result in a minimum fine of $50 and the vehicle will be subject to towing.

Installation of the spaces will begin, Shea said, “If not this week, then next.”

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