Commuters are going to have to scramble for parking spots pretty early in the morning during three days in September. Scheduled paving work will shutter the and neighboring Wilsey Square lot, village officials said.
Contractor D&L Paving is scheduled to mill, pave and curb cut the parking lot of the train station and the Wilsey Square parking lot on Sept. 10, 11, 12. The paving will cost $79,000.
No vehicles will be allowed to enter either lot during those three days.
Those with can park all three days on any street or at any public lot for up to 12 hours, including at the Chestnut, Hudson and Walnut Street lots, according to the village. Those without passes must pay the pied piper (read: meter).
Many commuters are likely to leave their rides on East Ridgewood Avenue, and South Broad Street, exceeding the 2-hour parking maximums. Parking enforcement officers will be enforcing regulations.
The village considered numerous scheduled times for paving, including performing the work at night as well as the weekends, according to Assistant to the Village Manager Janet Fricke.
However, an upcharge of about $20,000 stopped that idea in its tracks, aside from logistical issues, officials said. Many commuters park their vehicles at 5 a.m. and don't return until 8 or 9 p.m.
Removing the vehicles from the lot would require towing before work commenced at night, putting the village and owner of the vehicle in quite an awkward position.
"No matter what, it's going to be an inconvience," Fricke said. "We're hoping people are patient as we work through it."
With about 1,600 riders taking trains each weekday, Ridgewood is Bergen County's busiest station.