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Commissioners OK Liberty Lake parking restrictions
 

04/16/2010

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

 

It looks like some folks will have to get creative finding a parking space on some narrow roads around Liberty Lake.

Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution last week that will restrict parking on some of the thoroughfares – some of which were laid out in the early 1900s – near the lake.

The changes were requested by the Spokane Valley Fire Department, whose officials were becoming more concerned about access in the area after a pair of emergency responses on July 4, 2005, was hampered by cars parked on the narrow roads. The Fourth of July holiday, in particular, draws many residents and visitors to the area, but emergency responders say it’s a year-round problem for fire trucks attempting to maneuver in close quarters and avoid cars.

“When the emergencies occurred, fire trucks were delayed because they could not maneuver around parked vehicles,” said Kevin Miller, Spokane Valley Fire marshal.

New “no parking” signs are expected to go up on the affected streets – some of which are only 11-feet wide -- next month.

The fire department has held workshops on the matter, and the county commissioners also held public hearings prior to the April 6 decision. While many residents in the area think the year-round ban is unnecessary, the commissioners said they will review the new law in the future. Another public hearing will be held at that time.

The affected roads include:

  • Shore Road along the west side of Tum Tum Drive to Dreamwood Circle – no parking.
  • Kay Road along both sides from Tum Tum Drive to Dreamwood Circle – no parking on pavement.
  • Dreamwood Circle, along the inner side of the circle – no parking on pavement.
  • Colby Avenue, along both sides from Kamiakin Avenue to Liberty Drive – no parking on pavement.
  • Taft Avenue, along both sides from Kamiakin Avenue to Liberty Drive – no parking on pavement.
  • Kamiakin Avenue, along the north side from Liberty Drive to Lilac Lane – no parking on pavement.
  • Mitchell Avenue, along both sides from Melkapsi Street to Mahko Street – no parking on pavement.
  • Wright Boulevard, along both sides from Clark Avenue south to 20 feet from end – no parking on pavement.
  • Mahko Street, along both sides from Wright Boulevard to Mitchell Avenue – no parking on pavement.
  • Clarke Avenue, along both sides from Garry Road to Liberty Drive – no parking on pavement.
  • Melkapsi Street, along south side from Garry Road to Liberty Drive – no parking on pavement.
  • Second Avenue, along both sides from Della Road east to Clubhouse – no parking on pavement.
  • Third Avenue, along both sides from Della Road east to end – no parking on pavement.
  • Della Street, along both sides from Second Avenue to Third Avenue – no parking on pavement.
  • Hillview Road, along the west side from First Avenue to Lakeridge Drive – no parking on pavement.
  • Lee Street, along west side from Overlook Road to Third Avenue – no parking on pavement.
  • Gage Street, along the south side from Lee Street to Neyland Road – no parking on pavement.
  • Third Avenue, along the north side from Lee Street east to end (700 feet) – no parking on pavement.
 
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