City expands free, all-day parking on Jackson Street to alleviate Washington Street congestion

COLUMBUS, Ind. — City officials are expanding a trial of free, all-day parking on side streets in downtown Columbus.

The Columbus Board of Works has approved a recommendation from the Columbus Parking Commission to remove three hour time limits on Jackson Street on a trial basis in the following areas:

  • Jackson from Second to Third Street, both sides of the street
  • Jackson from Third to Fourth Street, both sides of the street
  • Jackson Fourth to Fifth Street, east side of the street

The change will go into effect as soon as the time limit signs are removed from these areas, said Executive Director of Public Works Dave Hayward. It’s hoped that this could occur this week, but it could be later.

The board voted in December to approve the commission’s recommendation that a number of downtown side streets move from three-hour limits to free, all-day parking on a trial basis. This went into effect in mid-January, with city officials saying they would monitor how the change affects parking space availability on Washington Street.

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