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Fairfax County moves to restrict parking near Hayfield Secondary School

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved to ban some on-street parking near Hayfield Secondary School during the school day to reduce the risk to students who now park on Old Telegraph Road for free rather pay the on-campus parking fee.

Despite a reduction in the parking fee to $75 from $125 and many available spaces on the 275-slot parking lot, supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee) said that many students still park on streets near the school to avoid the fee. This creates a safety hazard as pedestrians dash across the roadway between cars while vehicles are entering and exiting the Kiss & Ride, while the parked cars also restrict two-way traffic, McKay said.

The Board agreed, voting unanimously to direct the county’s Transportation Department to take the necessary steps to prohibit parking on Old Telegraph Road from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The Board also urged that the installation of signage be done as soon as possible after the close of school June 21, so that the prohibition will be in effect before the beginning of school Sept. 6.

At the request of supervisor Penelope A. Gross (D-Mason), the Board also voted to restrict overnight parking on the east side of Martin Street at Little River Turnpike because of complaints from residents there.

Fredrick Kunkle runs the Tripping blog, writing about the experience of travel. Freddy's also covered politics, courts, police, and local government. Before coming to The Washington Post, he worked for the Star-Ledger and The Bergen Record.

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