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Metered parking hits downtown Roanoke

Parking meters are installed in areas of downtown Roanoke that are considered to be high traffic, mainly the market square area and part of Franklin Road (Photo: Annie Andersen)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Metered parking has arrived in downtown Roanoke.

They are part of a 90-day trial run.

They're installed in areas of downtown Roanoke that are considered to be high traffic, mainly the market square area and part of Franklin Road.

The meters are free for the first hour and then $1 for the next hour and then $2 for the third hour.

It's a hot button issue for people in downtown Roanoke.

"I'm not a huge fan," said Lisa Van Wickler, a Roanoke resident. "I don't think there was anything wrong with the old system. I actually had a pretty easy time parking. I think this is going to make it more complicated and time consuming.

Park Roanoke says the goal of the program is to help with turnover in its most popular areas.

"I actually love the idea," said Thomas Rector, another Roanoke resident. "For the longest time you always had to go to different parking spots and you had to find free spaces, you had to find all this different stuff. This just makes it a lot easier and the sidewalks a lot clearer."


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