Winter Parking Restrictions begin Feb. 11

Odd-side parking will help with emergency vehicle access and traffic flow; Snow Emergency routes and parkways not affected

To ensure that fire trucks and other emergency vehicles can continue to navigate Minneapolis neighborhoods, Winter Parking Restrictions will take effect beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. This means parking will be banned on the even side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Streets designated as parkways and Snow Emergency routes are not affected by Winter Parking Restrictions and vehicles can park on both sides of these streets.

Winter parking restrictions are being put in place because Minneapolis has had about 30 inches of snow so far this winter, with very little melting in between snowfalls. This means snow, even when it’s plowed, has begun to encroach on residential streets. That leads to the narrowing of streets that can pose a safety hazard when emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks and ambulances, cannot navigate these streets to reach people who need assistance.

People parking in Minneapolis must follow the parking restrictions, or they could be ticketed and towed.

For more information, visit the snow Web page.

Feb. 10, 2010

Published Feb 10, 2010