Early birds get the legal parking
WTOP's Kristi King reports
WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- Virginia State Police Monday will begin ticketing illegally parked cars in a popular Woodbridge commuter lot.
The Washington Examiner reports police left fliers last week notifying drivers at the Horner Road lot they would be cracking down on illegal parking. The lot -- near Interstate 95 and the Prince William County Parkway -- has 2,363 spots that are usually filled before 7 a.m.
Those left without a spot often park on grass or along throughways in order to catch a carpool or bus. A police spokeswoman and a Prince William County supervisor tell the Examiner the illegal parking is a public safety problem.
The parking crunch stems from the closure of hundreds of parking spaces at Potomac Mills Mall.
The state will be adding 600 new parking spaces in a new lot about a quarter-mile away off of Telegraph Road. Officials also are currently leasing spaces from a Woodbridge church for commuters to use, and say drivers additionally can try to park at a lot near Route 234 and Route 1.
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