Drivers won’t be able to park along one side of Walnut Street in Newton Highlands after the city’s traffic council last week made a pilot program banning parking a permanent policy.
In a 4-1 vote, the council agreed to remove the parking spots on the west side of Walnut Street between Homer and Forest streets. The city plans to install a bike lane along that stretch, said David Koses, a Newton transportation planner and chairman of the traffic council.
The city had received complaints from residents about cars parking along Walnut Street, blocking their driveways and obstructing trash collection. So this past winter, the traffic council agreed to temporarily ban parking on this part of Walnut Street.
Newton officials noted that after the move, drivers didn’t congregate to the side streets and cause problems for those neighborhoods. Most of the cars likely belonged to commuters looking for free parking near the Newton Highlands T station, Koses said.
The traffic council’s decision can be appealed to the board of aldermen in the coming weeks, Koses said.
The council will also discuss extending no parking and the bicycle lane further north on Walnut Street to the Newton North High School at its June 14, Koses said.
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