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City Offers Free Parking Downtown – Steps Up Traffic Enforcement at Valley View

Downtown Parking

The City of Roanoke has announced that free parking will be offered through Dec. 31 adjacent to the Historic Roanoke Market in the Market Lot and the Tower Parking Garage beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. This initiative is effective Monday, Nov. 22, and benefits shoppers and visitors to downtown Roanoke throughout the holidays.

“We are pleased to provide free parking after 5 p.m. in the Tower Garage and Market Lot.  We encourage citizens to come to their downtown and take advantage of shopping local while enjoying the upcoming festive holiday events,” said Chris Morrill, City Manager.  “This is a higher level of customer service we can offer to Roanokers during this busy and exciting time of the year.”

The Market Lot is located east on Kirk Avenue where it can be accessed before entering Williamson Road. The Tower Garage, 10 Jefferson St., is located at the Wachovia / Wells Fargo Tower and is accessed from Norfolk Avenue between Market and Jefferson Streets.

Additionally, free parking after 5 p.m. continues to be available daily at Warehouse Row, the Elmwood Park Garage and Lot, and the Williamson Road Lot. And, for individuals coming into downtown Roanoke for lunch, the Market Lot will continue to offer its weekday “lunch special” – park daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for just $1.

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Valley View Traffic

The Roanoke Police Department is preparing for the holiday shopping season by increasing enforcement and altering traffic patterns in high traffic areas.  The Police Department in collaboration with Valley View Mall and other area businesses will begin traffic pattern changes around Valley View Mall on the morning of November 22, 2010. The changes are as follows:

* * No left turn from westbound Valley View West onto Ring Road.

* * No left turn from southbound Ring Road at the Valley View Boulevard access road.

Motorists are encouraged to prepare themselves for delays and high volume traffic by allowing extra time when visiting the mall area.

The department will also increase the presence of bike patrol officers and utilize the Mobile Command Unit beginning the week of November 22 in the Valley View Mall area to enhance shoppers’ safety.  Shoppers are urged to remain aware of their surroundings, avoid shopping alone at night, and park in well lit areas.  Citizens should also refrain from carrying large amounts of cash while they’re shopping and refrain from counting their money in public.  Lastly, if they see anything suspicious they should call 911 immediately.

For additional information, contact Aisha Johnson at (540)853-6884.

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