Clear the streets: Towing enforced ahead of marathon

Clear the streets: Towing enforced ahead of marathon

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A neighborhood is seeking direction from the city regarding parking problems leading up to Saturday's marathon. Dozens of streets will shut down to make way for the runners, but neighbors on Mulberry Street claim there simply wasn't enough notice for them to make preparations.

They saw the "No Parking" signs going up as late as Friday morning, less than 24 hours before the towing will be enforced.

Those signs are zip-tied to already existing poles, trees, and bushes. It is too little, too late, and too low for some neighbors. They worry drivers will not see the signs when they pull up to park.

"They put them up so haphazardly or at a height where people can't see them, particularly if another vehicle is blocking the sign," expressed Ken Martin.

Martin has lived in the area for 25 years and said his concern comes for newer neighbors not used to the marathon closures. He also stresses the financial stress a towing ticket would place on college students living in The Fan.

The signs are not the responsibility of the city or the police department. They are put up by a private contractor hired by the organizer of the marathon.

The Richmond Police Department stresses it is not trying to tow people, but is trying to create a safe environment for runners and neighbors.

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