RAVENA — The new parking law adopted by the Ravena Village Board last month went into effect Sept. 1.
At that time, new “no parking” signs were erected on portions of Main Street in the village, and orange cones were put up to ensure drivers were aware of the new prohibitions.
The parking regulations were passed unanimously by the board in early August as a safety measure. Officials have long said that parking on areas of Main Street — especially in front of the post office — posed a safety hazard.
That’s because large trucks travel along Main Street daily, and with relatively narrow traffic lanes along a curve, it can be hazardous to be parked there, with drivers entering and exiting cars all day long.
The change was made at the urging of the New York State Department of Transportation.
Four areas of Main Street are included in the new restrictions: between Harris and Van Hosen Avenues, between Pulver Avenue and Mountain Road, between Mountain Road and Liske Street to the Congregational Christian Church entrance, and Pulver Avenue running east for approximately 50 feet.
Those sections of Main Street are now designated as no parking, no stopping and no standing.
To alleviate parking problems along Main Street near the post office, especially in light of the new restrictions, the village last month also opened up a new municipal parking lot at the corner of Main Street and Pulver Avenue. Formerly a vacant grassy lot, the space has been cleared and is now available for parking.