Green and Yellow Lot Reconfiguration

August 16 Update

Paving of the Green Lot area is now complete. New wayfinding signage is expected to be installed on August 16. Please also note that Franklin Street is now open to two-way traffic. We hope that these changes make it easier to navigate the Franklin Street area and to find hourly parking. Thank you for your cooperation during this project!

August 8 Update - Paving Information

The City of Biddeford has worked to redesign the Green and Yellow parking lots in the Franklin Street area to make them easier to navigate and to create more free hourly parking availability for visitors. The final step in the project is to pave the lot, and all work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, August 14 (weather permitting).

Staff worked to minimize the impacts on parking permit holders and on the surrounding businesses during this project, but parking will be limited in this area for brief periods over the next week. Below is a timeline of the project:

Friday, August 9

  • No parking along Franklin Street from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (grinding of pavement)
  • No parking in the Green Lot from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (grinding of pavement)
  • All normal parking areas will be accessible from 3:00 p.m. on Friday until 7:00 a.m. on Monday.

Monday, August 12

  • No parking in the Green Lot beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13 (the lot will be paved and striped during this time). Green Lot permit holders may park in any permitted lot at no additional cost during this process, including the Yellow Lot.

Tuesday, August 13

  • The Yellow Lot will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. until the morning of Wednesday, August 14. At this time, paving of Franklin Street will take place between Main Street and George’s Italian, as well as the one-way road that connects Washington Street to Franklin Street (near Palace Diner). Parking will be available in the Green Lot and in the parking spaces between George’s Italian and Jefferson Street.

Wednesday, August 14

  • Paving is expected to be complete on Wednesday morning and all normal parking areas will be accessible.

FAQ: Was Federal Street “discontinued” at this week’s City Council meeting to reduce the amount of free on-street parking available in the downtown?

No – Federal Street did not have any on-street parking available. In fact, “discontinuing” this street actually allowed us to create nine new parking spaces as part of this project. In order to make the Green and Yellow Lot area easier to navigate, some entrances to the lot, including the entrance via Federal Street, were closed. By limiting the amount of streets that lead to the lot, we will be able to post clearer directional signage pointing visitors to hourly parking areas.

 For more information about the project, please contact Public Works Director Jeff Demers at 207-282-1579.

Green and Yellow Parking Lot Reconfiguration - July 10 Press Release

Construction has begun on a reconfiguration of the downtown parking lots in the Federal and Franklin Street area. The new design is intended to make the parking lots easier to navigate and will result in a net gain of hourly parking spaces.

The main purpose for the reconfiguration is to reduce the number of entry and exit points to the “Green” and “Yellow” parking lots to control traffic and simplify parking signage. To achieve this, Federal Street will be eliminated completely and the entrance to the parking lot from Washington Street will be removed. Franklin Street will be converted to accommodate two-way traffic flow between the two remaining entrances from Main Street and Jefferson Street. Drivers may still exit the lot onto Alfred Street next to Louis Pizza and onto Washington Street using the roadway next to the Palace Diner.

“By limiting the number of entrances and converting the one-way street, we will be able to provide clearer directional signage that will make it easier for visitors to Biddeford to understand where they can park,” Public Works Director Jeff Demers said. “The closure of Federal Street also allows us to create additional parking spaces in the Green Lot.”

The new design will use physical barriers to clearly separate the Green Lot from the Yellow Lot, and each lot will be given a distinct use. The Yellow Lot will remain hourly parking only and will continue to offer two hours of free parking per 24-hour period. The Green Lot will be converted to long-term permit parking only.

“With the current parking layout, we’ve noticed that many visitors get confused about the difference between the Yellow and Green Lot because there is no clear division between them. They may pull into a space in the Green Lot without realizing that there is free hourly parking available just steps away,” said Mayor Alan Casavant. “Splitting up the lots for their two separate purposes will eliminate this confusion.”

The layout changes will result in an overall increase in the number of hourly parking spaces. The Yellow Lot is expected to gain 27 new spaces along Franklin Street that can be used for two hours of free parking. Users will still be required to enter their license plate number at the kiosk in order to park for free for two hours in these spaces, but the use of a credit card is not required. The amount of free 30-minute parking spaces near Louis Pizza will also increase from 12 to 14, and kiosk use is not required to park in these spaces.

Work on the project is expected to be completed in about two weeks with as minimal disruption to available parking supply as possible. Please adhere to any No Parking signage in the Green Lot during this time. For more information about the project, please contact Public Works Director Jeff Demers at 207-282-1579.