Responding to concerns about parking along narrow, congested streets in eastern Salisbury Township, commissioners recently authorized township police to conduct a systematic survey to identify problem areas and possibly prohibit parking in some areas.
Salisbury Police Chief Allen W. Stiles said the survey aims to improve emergency access so ambulances and fire trucks can reach homes if necessary. He also hopes to improve access for snow removal in winter.
“The streets are narrow and there are a lot more cars on the streets than ever before,” Stiles told commissioners at their May 25 board meeting. Parking on both sides of some streets could be hazardous, he said.
“We will have to have to pick the best places to have no parking. We are going to try to be as fair as possible but our main concern is safety,” said Stiles.
Senior Patrol Officer Bryan Losagio, who is the traffic safety coordinator, will collect information for the survey at different times of day. The survey is expected to be completed by October. After the police department makes proposals to commissioners, the public will have a chance to comment on proposed parking changes at a public meeting, in writing or online.
In response to parking complaints from residents along Byfield Street and Lehigh Avenue off Susquehanna Street, designating one side of the street a “no parking” zone would be premature, officials decided.
“We are trying to do this in a systematic way,” said Township Manager Randy Soriano.
The parking survey will concentrate on about 30 streets in the township’s east side, where streets are older and more congested. In western Salisbury, streets are wider, homes are farther apart and most have garages or driveways for off-street parking.