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Lathrop adopts no parking zones
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LATHROP – The section of Towne Centre Drive from the Manthey Frontage Road to Golden Valley Parkway in Lathrop has been off limits for any vehicle parking. Signs currently in place along this block behind the Target shopping center warn motorists “No Parking” is allowed at any time.

That will soon change when the new amendments to the city’s municipal codes on parking zones will take effect in about a month. One of those changes is to make the absolute No Parking condition in the previously mentioned stretch of Towne Centre apply only from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The sign was originally put in place to discourage tractor trailers and other big trucks from parking there overnight which became a safety issue. However, with the opening of new businesses in this once-vacant business development area, the city decided to change the no parking restriction in this area only to allow access to these new commercial units.

The latest amendment to the municipal parking zones will allow customers to park along this stretch of Towne Centre Drive for up to two hours between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. This will give enough time for customers, for example, to have lunch or dinner at Big Dan’s Neighborhood Family Diner on the corner of Manthey and Towne Centre Drive. Other new businesses that have opened around the impacted area include the Delta PowerSports Inc., a dealer for new and used ATVs, motorcycles, Polaris and various sports accessories and apparels, the Lathrop Veterinary Center, and the Chevron regional offices along Manthey Road.

Two other busy traffic corridors in the city are being added to the list of no parking areas that will be put in the municipal code book. They are:
•Louise Avenue, both sides, from Fifth Street to the city’s eastern city limits which is right by the railroad tracks just west of the Manteca Unified School District offices. This stretch of Louise Avenue is currently under construction which, when completed, will constitute two lanes in each direction. This part of Louise Avenue is right now open to traffic; however, it does not have no parking signs installed to date.
•Manthey Road, both sides, on three separate sections cited in the municipal code amendment: 1) from the center divider at River Islands Parkway (formerly West Louise Avenue) to the northern city limits; 2) from Louise Avenue intersection to Brookhurst Boulevard to the south; 3) a 500-foot section off of Mossdale Crossing.

Besides insuring safety for traveling motorists, the new posting of no parking signs at the above locations is also intended to assist the Lathrop Police Department in enforcing no parking and limited parking restrictions in the city.

Installing the new parking signs will cost the city a total of $1,200 including materials.

Following a public hearing on the proposed areas for no parking signs, the City Council last week approved the amendments to the municipal code’s no parking zones by a 4-0 vote. Council member Sonny Dhaliwal was absent.

To contact Rose Albano Risso, e-mail or call (209) 249-3536.