MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)-- If you've been to Middletown lately, you may or may not have noticed that the parking meter hours have been extended.
The city says that money will be used for a number of different projects throughout the city.
Creating more parking spots and filling them is just part of a big project in Middletown. While people on the streets agree that's a good thing, some question the way the city is going about it.
"By extending the hours and issuing tickets, it's going to discourage people who are utilizing the businesses," said Sharon Prevatt, Middletown.
Instead of 9 AM to 6 PM, the parking meters are now running from 8 AM to 8 PM. It's 75 cents an hour in city lots and the first hour is still free.
"Essentially, the way we look at is for one hour and fifty nine minutes, you're paying seventy five cents to park, which really is pretty inexpensive," said Gene Thazampallath, Parking Director.
City Parking Director Gene Thazampalath says the money brought in from the extended meter hours will go right back to parking and other projects, including more spots, more security cameras, even getting license plate reader technology meaning no gate and no ticket.
"That's makes sense because it's getting busier that will help I think it's a good thing," said Dana Ugbinada, Middletown.
Part of the project Thazzampalath says the city is most excited about is creating a pedestrian walkway from Kid City to Main Street so families can enjoy all the city has to offer, without worrying about picking up and moving to another spot.
A group from West Hartford was excited to hear about the changes and looks forward to more visits.
"We just happened to know there's a yogurt place so that's why we're planning to go there, otherwise we would just come to the museum and go home," said Aviva Braunshweiger, West Hartford.
The lot will be refurbished, guard rails will be gone, power lines underground, a whole new look.
"You'll be able to walk essentially from Wesleyan's campus down all the way to the river with these pedestrian walkways," said Thazampalath.
Construction for the walkway is expected to start next spring or summer.
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