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The above map of downtown Halifax can help direct business customers, clients, and shoppers to convenient one-hour and two-hour on-street parking spaces. The map further illustrates where long-term, off-street parking areas are located within a short walking distance of the courthouse and downtown businesses and offices. / April 05, 2021

Ahead of today's reopening of the Halifax County Courthouse, the Town of Halifax and the Halifax Police Department have been working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Halifax County administrator’s office, Blair Construction, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority (BRRJA) on updating signage and on-street parking limits in downtown Halifax while the county provides motorists with clearer direction to long-term, off-street parking for those who are coming to the courthouse.

With the return of court functions, Town Manager Carl Espy emphasized the need to provide priority parking for downtown businesses with short-term, on-street parking for their customers and clients. The affected area lies within the Town of Halifax Court House Historic District, as spelled out in the Hill Studio-Kittelson Associates’ Downtown Traffic, Pedestrian-Parking Connections Plan, reviewed by Halifax Town Council in February.

Halifax County and BRRJA have arranged long term off-street parking for court attendees on Blue Ridge Lane across from the Sheriff’s Office.

Business owners and downtown employees, including court staff, are reminded to park in reserved off-street parking spaces, dedicated private parking spaces, and in the public parking lots within walking distance around the central business district if they will be parked for longer than the posted on-street time limits, which run Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Parking management and enforcement are part of the Halifax Police Department’s purview. On-street parking is intended for customers, clients, shoppers, and visitors to downtown Halifax. Halifax Police encourage motorists to park on-street if you are shopping, dining, or conducting business within the posted time restrictions, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The police department will circulate non-citation, “friendly reminder” notices during an initial transition period as the court operations resume downtown, with the exception of enforcing other parking infractions (double-parking, blocking driveways/intersections, parking on sidewalks, occupying ADA spaces without a valid, visible placard, etc.), which may pose safety concerns. Individuals found to be continually violating the one-hour and two-hour parking limitations will be issued a citation that will include a fine.

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