Easing downtown parking woes near University of Delaware

Newark’s notorious difficult parking situation could get a little better if the town’s plan to add a few spots after 4 p.m. pans out.

The loading zone in front of the Galleria at 45 East Main Street will be converted into five parking spots as part of the pilot program that, if successful, could be duplicated at other loading zones throughout downtown Newark.  The loading zone will be enforced from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow stores and restaurants in the Galleria to get deliveries.  After 4 p.m. the parking meters will turn on to allow drivers to park.

The pilot program will run through the end of the year.  If it works as city officials hope, it will be expanded to other loading zones, opening up an additional 22 to 25 parking spots for use during the dinner rush along Newark’s popular Main Street.  City officials say the program “increases available parking spaces at minimal costs and takes advantage of underutilized space at premium downtown locations.”

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