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New style of paint aims to prevent parking in access aisles

The Ability Center of Springfield-Eugene is trying a new style of paint for their access aisles.

Posted: Aug 2, 2019 8:12 AM
Updated: Aug 2, 2019 2:57 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Ability Center of Springfield-Eugene is trying a new style of paint for their access aisles.

An access aisle is the area next to handicap parking spots that usually has yellow or white marks. It allows a person using a wheelchair enough space to enter or exit a car. 

The new paint creates an illusion of raised barriers on the lines. It is meant to keep people from parking in areas where a side ramp will need to go. 

"Just make people aware that they shouldn't park there, even if it's just for a minute. I've heard a lot of people say that, 'Hey, I'm just gonna be here for a minute,' but that minute turns into five or ten or thirty and you're sitting there waiting to get back in your vehicle and that is very very frustrating," said Ability Center customer Mike Neher. 

The new parking spots honor the Americans with Disability Act anniversary that was on July 26. 

The painting process takes about eight to ten hours and took about four days to complete. 

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