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Parking garage project limiting options in Greensburg

Parking garage project limiting options in Greensburg

Westmoreland County officials warned it would be an inconvenience, and one week into a massive reconstruction project for the county’s parking garage, drivers in Greensburg are still adjusting.One by one, parking tickets could be found on cars at meters in downtown Greensburg on Wednesday. The parking garage that formally housed more than 170 county employees is now closed, and those drivers are now claiming spots throughout the area.Greensburg police said Wednesday there is still plenty of parking available, and the number of parking tickets issued since the closure of the garage has stayed about the same.”If you give yourself a little extra time and pay attention to the signs around you it shouldn’t be a problem to find a spot,” Greensburg police Chief Shawn Denning said.Denning said there are still 90 spots available daily for the public in the Bell Parking Garage two blocks from the courthouse to go along with more than 700 meters in the city.Westmoreland County Sheriff James Albert confirmed Wednesday his office has received $300 worth of parking tickets since the closures due to patrol vehicles being relocated. Denning said those vehicles were unmarked sheriff’s vehicles and both parties said the situation has been resolved.”It’s like musical chairs with some people driving around for a couple blocks before they finally find something,” Allan Lydic said.Lydic owns the Greensburg Newsstand along West Otterman Street. He pays for two spots outside his store but said he is constantly having to ask people not to park in his spots.”It will probably get worse too,” Lydic said. “I pay for two spots and I need the spots for customers.”When it comes to meters, drivers do have an option to pay via an app if they can’t get physically make it back to their vehicle in time. The $7 million parking garage replacement project was announced by county officials last week. The project is expected to last six months.

Westmoreland County officials warned it would be an inconvenience, and one week into a massive reconstruction project for the county’s parking garage, drivers in Greensburg are still adjusting.

One by one, parking tickets could be found on cars at meters in downtown Greensburg on Wednesday. The parking garage that formally housed more than 170 county employees is now closed, and those drivers are now claiming spots throughout the area.

Greensburg police said Wednesday there is still plenty of parking available, and the number of parking tickets issued since the closure of the garage has stayed about the same.

“If you give yourself a little extra time and pay attention to the signs around you it shouldn’t be a problem to find a spot,” Greensburg police Chief Shawn Denning said.

Denning said there are still 90 spots available daily for the public in the Bell Parking Garage two blocks from the courthouse to go along with more than 700 meters in the city.

Westmoreland County Sheriff James Albert confirmed Wednesday his office has received $300 worth of parking tickets since the closures due to patrol vehicles being relocated. Denning said those vehicles were unmarked sheriff’s vehicles and both parties said the situation has been resolved.

“It’s like musical chairs with some people driving around for a couple blocks before they finally find something,” Allan Lydic said.

Lydic owns the Greensburg Newsstand along West Otterman Street. He pays for two spots outside his store but said he is constantly having to ask people not to park in his spots.

“It will probably get worse too,” Lydic said. “I pay for two spots and I need the spots for customers.”

When it comes to meters, drivers do have an option to pay via an app if they can’t get physically make it back to their vehicle in time.

The $7 million parking garage replacement project was announced by county officials last week. The project is expected to last six months.

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