DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Last weekend the City of Cleveland decided to implement new evening parking bans in two entertainment areas and apparently gave little to no notice. At 4 in the afternoon Saturday, signs went up on and near West 6th Street and the newly developed East Bank of the Flats and by 8 p.m. the tow trucks were lined up to jerk cars out.
We highlighted the problem Monday when people showed up to the City impound lot to get their cars and pay the more than $200 fine. According to a release from the City it's a safety issues when the masses leave the bars and restaurants at closing time.
"Streets within the entertainment districts become very crowded during weekend evenings. Vehicles parked along the curb lane contribute to overcrowding and adversely affect the flow of traffic. In addition, overcrowded roadways make emergency vehicle transit (Police, Fire, EMS) very difficult, compromising the ability of first responders to respond to emergency situations," the release states.
The City will implement the parking ban again this weekend and for the foreseeable future. The signs will go up again at four in the afternoon and cars will be towed by eight from the following streets:
- Old River Road from Main Avenue to St. Clair Avenue
- West 10th Street from Main Avenue to St. Clair Avenue
- West 9th Street from Front Street to Superior Avenue
- West 6th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
- West 3rd Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
- Saint Clair Avenue from West 9th Street to West 3rd Street
- Lakeside Avenue from West 6th Street to West 3rd Street