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A decision on parking alignment on Main Street is on the agenda for a West Linn City Council meeting Aug. 3.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - Construction continues on Willamette Falls Drive in West LInn.While much of the world has slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic, work on West Linn's Historic Willamette Streetscape project has continued full steam ahead.

Over the past several weeks, crews have poured concrete for curbs and sidewalks on the southside of the Willamette Falls Drive through downtown Willamette.

A decision on parking alignment on Main Street is on the agenda for a West Linn City Council meeting Aug. 3.

As project planning got underway, many residents blanched at the proposed idea of reverse-angle parking. Officials decided to hold off on deciding whether to stripe the Main Street parking spaces for back-in or head-in spots.

Reverse angle parking is used in downtown metropolitan areas in other cities, and according to public works staff it leads to less traffic accidents when cars pull out of parking spots. But the foreign method of parking was off-putting to some West Linn residents.

The $4 million streetscape project passed as part of the city's 2018 GO bond.PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - Construction continues on Willamette Falls Drive in West Linn.


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