HOULTON, Maine — Motorists who are driving on Water Street in Houlton will notice some changes that are designed to make the area safer to navigate.
The Town Council recently decided to prohibit parking on both sides of Water Street from Highland Avenue and Mechanic Street to the town office parking lot entrance.
The move is necessary, town officials said, because of the narrowness of Water Street, a dangerous curve in the roadway and increased traffic at a newly reopened store.
A few months ago, The Salvation Army relocated its store to Water Street. The store was on Market Square until it closed several years ago.
Water Street is quite narrow, especially in the winter when snowbanks are present, and Town Manager Douglas Hazlett said the parking regulations were necessary to protect public safety.
He noted that a dangerous curve near the new store made the road even more tricky to navigate if there are cars parked on one side of the street.
Councilor Paul Romanelli agreed.
He said drivers often are forced into the other lane when trying to take a right onto Water Street from Highland Avenue. He said he felt the parking provision was a good idea.
Other councilors agreed and passed the proposal 6-0.
Hazlett said new signs depicting the parking regulations will be put up in the spring.