Winter Parking Restrictions still in effect, crews continue to monitor situation

Since the City of Minneapolis put Winter Parking Restrictions into effect on Feb. 11, there has been only minor snowfall in the city. Minneapolis also has had some above-freezing temperatures during that time, which has caused some of the snow and ice to slowly melt.

Even though there has been some reduction in the snow accumulations, it has not been enough to lift the parking ban at this time. Public Works and the Minneapolis Fire Department will continue to monitor key streets to determine whether they are accessible by emergency vehicles.

Ultimately, the Minneapolis Fire Chief and the City's Public Works Director make the decision about when it is safe to lift the Winter Parking Restrictions. That decision must satisfy two criteria:

  1. Street widths have increased enough that the original risk to public safety is reduced to the satisfaction of public safety officials, and
  2. Weather forecasts show that the likelihood of further significant snowfall is low.  The City cannot instantly turn the ban off and on again. The restrictions must stay in effect until there is enough confidence that more snow will not cause conditions to regress.

Winter parking restrictions were put into effect to ensure that fire trucks and other emergency vehicles can continue to navigate Minneapolis neighborhoods. This means that parking is not allowed on the even numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes until April 1 unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Parking is allowed on both sides of Snow Emergency routes and parkways.

For more information visit the City's Winter Parking Restrictions website.

Published Feb. 26, 2010