Neighbors advocate compromise on Alder Street parking

Bret Anne Serbin

A group of neighbors wants the city to find an alternative to a plan adding angled parking on West Alder Street.

Missoula Public Works has proposed removing parking from the north side of West Spruce Street to build bike lanes in both directions on that roadway. To make up for the lost parking, the city planned to add 15 angled spaces to West Alder Street.

But residents of Alder Street opposed the proposal, citing dangers from angled parking and disadvantages to adding parking spots in the residential neighborhood.

Senior Planner Ben Weiss said the city could consider keeping parallel parking instead of converting the existing spaces to angled parking, although that plan would result in an overall reduction of nine spaces on Alder.

Ultimately, city staff agreed to work with Ward 1 city council representatives to come up with a compromise plan.

“I’m thrilled to hear the conversation will continue between the two of you,” resident Jessica Vizzutti said to city staff and Ward 1 Council Member Jennifer Savage.

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Vizzutti spoke out about the dangers of angled parking during the virtual meeting Wednesday.

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