A new parking strategy will be tested near Lebanon's downtown park. They're called "head-out spaces." Instead of pulling directly into an angled spot, drivers back in.
City officials say the plan should give drivers a better view when leaving a parking spot near Coburn Park. There have been 64 accidents there in the last six years.
The concept will be tested in the small lot near the Salt Hill Pub, but the plan calls for adding the spots to South Park Street, as well.
"Right now it is pretty hard to get angled parking there because it is pretty tight and people backing out into traffic makes it kind of scary. And if we can do this, it will actually help people trying to park in the area and it will also help us reduce the crossing time, so people won't have to wait at the traffic light as long," said Andrew Gast-Bray of Lebanon Planning and Zoning.
The pilot project will last through the winter and into spring. If successful, the new spots on South Park Street will then be painted, too.