As North Bergen resumes daily life amid Phase 2 of New Jersey’s COVID-19 reopening plan, the Township is making life easier by adding new parking spaces.
On June 10, 74 new parking spots opened on Bergenline Avenue. Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri were on hand to oversee the reconfiguration of parking.
No new spots were added, however, only rearranged. Parallel parking spaces on the east side of Bergenline Avenue adjacent to Braddock Park were replaced by head-in angled parking.
The resulting configuration added the 74 additional spots for the convenience of local businesses and residents, according to the township.
Some spots removed for loading zones
As a result of the reconfiguration, some residential parking spots were actually removed. The number of parking spaces on the west side of Bergenline Avenue was reduced slightly in order to add multi-business loading zones to benefit local merchants, according to Mayor Sacco.
The addition of 74 spaces brings the total to 171 parking spots along Bergenline between 79th Street and Kennedy Boulevard.
“I was joined by Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Julio Marenco, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, Township Administrator Chris Pianese, Parking Authority Executive Director Robert Baselice, and various other township and police officials as the street parking was reconfigured,” Mayor Sacco said.
Twelve new multi-space parking meters are being installed for the new spaces.
The twelve new meters will accept coins, cash, or credit cards. Parallel parking single-space cash-only meters will remain on the west side of Bergenline.
Parking hours have been adjusted to three-hour parking at the meters from 9 a.m. to midnight, Monday to Saturday.
Residents with a current permit may park for free at the meters from 10 p.m. to midnight. A parking permit is required for parking from midnight to 9 a.m.
Meter enforcement reinstated
Across the rest of the North Bergen, parking enforcement for meters and street sweeping has been reinstated.
Meter enforcement is in full effect throughout the township and tickets will be issued for violations. Encouraging turnover of parking spots in business districts will help shoppers and visitors to find parking and help local merchants build their business.
North Bergen’s street sweepers enhance the cleanliness and health of our community by removing all debris from our streets, including discarded masks and gloves which pose a potential health threat.
Street sweeping ticketing is currently being enforced along Kennedy Boulevard, Bergenline Avenue, Broadway, Park Avenue, Boulevard East, and Grand Avenue from fifth street to thirteenth street.
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