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City looking at loading zones downtown

A FedEx driver in Grande Prairie is asking the city to create more space for delivery drivers downtown. Lois Taylor would like the city to consider adding a 15 minute loading zone on each block after she received a $250 ticket for temporarily stopping in a spot meant for people with disabilities. She says she had circled the block a few times before deciding to pull into the spot.

“I was driving down 100th and the left hand traffic was being routed over to the right. Rather than stop in the middle of the street, I pulled into a parking spot. A Peace Officer gave me a hefty ticket.”

She says even when she can pull behind businesses it is a hassle for other drivers.

Mayor Bill Given says this is the first time the issues of loading zones has come to the city. He says a fix could be marking off a portion with signs and not having to change any of the infrastructure.

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“It may have been a one off situation with construction and traffic but that aside, it is an opportunity for administration consider the issue. They can see if there is something we can do with the renovations to downtown. More likely than not, it would be identifying an area.”

The city will be looking at loading zones for the downtown.

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