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City considers parking ban on dangerous turn off North Street

Turning onto Morrison Street considered ‘risky’
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City traffic staff are looking into the possibility of a year-round parking ban on a hilly, curvy section of Morrison Avenue that Ward 4 Coun. Rick Niro considers an accident waiting to happen.

City Council voted this week to review parking on Morrison from North Street to Hargreaves Street.

Parking is allowed on both sides of Morrison, except from Nov. 1 to April 30 each year.

Niro and his wardbro Coun. Marchy Bruni argued for a parking restriction on both sides of the street, through the entire year.

"The problem is when someone turns from North Street onto Morrison Ave,, you can't see that parked car at the bottom of the hill," Niro said.

"It makes for a risky situation."

City staff will study the situation there and come back to city council with a recommendation.

Pine Street sidewalk

In an unrelated matter, councillors also voted to extend a sidewalk down Pine Street to Shore Drive, allowing easier pedestrian access to Bellevue Park and Bellevue Marina.

A sidewalk on the east side of Pine Street currently runs 140 metres south from Queen Street but the remaining 90 metres of the boulevard are grass.

The $50,000 sidewalk extension project will now be placed on the city's miscellaneous construction list to be prioritized and budgeted for future capital programs.

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