Two-hour parking begins in Camden Jan. 16 due to Bakery Bridge construction

Posted:  Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
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CAMDEN — Beginning on Monday, Jan. 16, the two-hour parking limit in downtown Camden will resume due to the Maine Department of Transportation’s Bakery Bridge construction project. The bridge project will create a greater need for parking turnover for downtown customers, according to Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne.

The bridge, on Route 105 at the corner of Mechanic and Washington streets, is scheduled to be replaced and will be closed starting Jan. 16 until Memorial Day for demolition and reconstruction. (Read Detour plan for downtown Camden as Bakery Bridge gets overhauled)

During construction, motorists will not be able to use that section of Washington Street and will need to find an alternate route. According to the Maine Department of Transportation, there will be signs directing local traffic to take Cross Street as the town detour. Trucks are being detoured onto state roads and the detour route has been marked.

Tannery Lane, and all abutting businesses including schools, will remain open and accessible.

Camden Police also remind the public that there is no overnight street parking during the winter. The overnight parking ban will end April 1.

The public landing parking lot is currently open for all day parking until May 16. After that, the two-hour parking time limit will be enforced, unless posted otherwise.  

The town has set aside three public parking lots with no time limits for parking. They are located north of the fire and police station on Washington Street, behind the Knox Mill, accessible from both Washington and Knowlton streets, and east of the public library and amphitheater on Atlantic Avenue. 

Parking will be enforced Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and violations and fines are:

• Exceeding the time limit: $10 for a first offense
• Parking left wheel to the curb: $30
• Parking in “Permit Only” space: $30
• Parking on a sidewalk: $30
• Parking too close to a fire hydrant: $30
• Parking left wheel to the curb: $30
• Parking illegally in a handicapped space: $200

Anyone with questions can call the Camden Police Department at 236-7953.

Reach Sarah Shepherd at news@penbaypilot.com