Helena commission OKs urban renewal funds for Sixth Ward project

Nolan Lister

The Helena City Commission approved the distribution of a little more than $130,000 in Railroad Urban Renewal District funds for pedestrian amenities and on-street parking improvements along Helena and Gallatin avenues in the Sixth Ward during Monday’s regular meeting.

The project is expected to result in 26 more angled-parking spaces in the district’s commercial core. Home to popular local businesses such as Vanilla Bean Bakery, the area often fills up with parked cars during peak business hours.

Striping the new on-street parking will also serve as a traffic-calming measure by narrowing the travel lanes along Helena Avenue, according to a staff memo.

To accommodate new on-street parking spaces along Gallatin Avenue, the right-of-way will be transformed into a one-way street from the intersection of Gallatin and Helena avenues to the Capital Transit facility.

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