Drivers in downtown Rolla can now apply for reserved off-street parking spaces as two new parking facilities prepare to open and another existing parking lot is converted to a reserved area.
Individuals who work, live or attend classes in the area can now have a guaranteed place to park.
The City of Rolla will offer 143 reserved spaces on a first-come, first-served basis in one of three parking lots in the downtown area.
Individuals may purchase a six-month parking sticker for $120 or 12-month parking sticker for a reduced fee of $200. Both are non-refundable.
Spaces will be available at the 10th and Main streets lot, the lot between Pine Street and Rolla Street just south of Eighth Street, and the new lot at Sixth and Elm streets.
The Rolla Police Department will enforce parking. "Parking has always been a concern in the downtown area, particularly for the business owners", said Steve Hargis, director of public works for the City of Rolla. "Add to that the necessity for student parking and the increase in downtown residences brought about by the redevelopment of some of the vacant buildings, and you can begin to see how available parking is at a premium. We feel these reserved spaces will alleviate some of those problems."
For those interested in purchasing a reserved parking permit or for more information, contact the City of Rolla Public Works Department at 573-364-8659, or visit the city's website at www.rollacity.org.