New parking meters coming to Downtown Norfolk

Have you ever tried parking in Downtown Norfolk just to realize you’re out of change to feed the parking meter?

New parking meters will be installed in Downtown Norfolk lots beginning Oct. 25. (Courtesy of the city of Norfolk)
New parking meters will be installed in Downtown Norfolk lots beginning Oct. 25. (Courtesy of the City of Norfolk)

Parking in the city is about to become less of a hassle, thanks to new meters that will accept credit cards, change and smart cards.

Meter installation began on Tuesday and will take about five days to complete. The new meters will serve Granby Municipal Lot, at 400 Granby St., and the Education Lot at the corner of St. Paul’s Boulevard and City Hall Avenue, according to a Norfolk news release.

Cars parked in spaces where an old meter is being replaced will get two free hours of parking after the new one is installed.

Drivers who rely on smart cards to pay for parking can exchange their old cards for a new compatible one by visiting the Division of Parking’s customer service office at 222 E. Main St. after Oct 25.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.