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New parking in the works for downtown Rossford

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Parking is a precious commodity on Friday night along Rossford's Superior Street.  Right now parallel is the only option, but that could soon change.

A Youtube video shows a growing trend in cities called back-in angle parking.  Experts claim it's safer than traditional angle and parallel parking, and keeps drivers and passengers from opening doors or trunks into live traffic.  Rossford leaders want to put the new spots in along Superior between Bacon street and Glenwood Road.

"It would provide additional parking to the existing businesses that are in town," says Rossford mayor, Neal MacKinnon. "And hopefully entice new businesses to come down because it's easy and safe to get in and out of your car."

City leaders say adding back-in angle spots would allow them to double their current street parking capacity.  It also allows for a safe on-street bike lane to be added, gives drivers better visibility when leaving,  and allows more convenient loading and unloading of the trunk and keeps drivers from opening their doors into live traffic.

"I think it would be good, it would get more people and maybe more businesses," says Brenda Hagman who lives in Rossford.

Another driver, Troy Hughes, says the car maneuver could hurt traffic flow on the main street.

"If you pull in, people don't have to wait for you to park," says Hughes.  "If you back in, people are going to have to wait for you to back in."

City leaders say the cost is minimal because it only requires new striping.  The current two-lane stretch would shrink to one, but the middle boulevard would stay the same. 

Mayor MacKinnon says the city is still working with engineers and downtown business owners to finalize plans.  It's a small change that could make a dynamic difference on their downtown strip.

"I really think it's the safest and the best option economically for the great city of Rossford, Ohio," the mayor tells 13abc.

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