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Minneapolis institutes Winter Parking Restrictions to improve access for public safety vehicles

Amount of snow City has received this year presents major challenges for public safety, City crews and residents

Feb. 23, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) To ensure that Minneapolis public safety crews and equipment can safely and swiftly reach every home and business in the city, public safety and Public Works officials have enacted Winter Parking Restrictions that began at 8 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.


Fire Chief John Fruetel and Public Works Director Steve Kotke made the decision to enact Winter Parking Restrictions because the conditions warrant taking this step to maintain public safety. 


Minneapolis has had about 57 inches of snow so far this winter, with very little melting in between snowfalls, so most of it is still here. 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.


Drivers parking in Minneapolis must now follow these Winter Parking Restrictions, or they could be ticketed and towed:

These parking restrictions will be in effect until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier.


It is possible that Snow Emergencies can be declared while Winter Parking Restrictions are in place. When it snows, folks should take advantage of the many tools the City offers to find out if a Snow Emergency is declared.


Additional parking restrictions on Bryant and Grand avenues


The City has also restricted parking on Bryant and Grand avenues in southwest Minneapolis, because those streets also pose challenges to emergency responders. Parking will be prohibited on the even numbered side of these streets. Parking will be banned on Bryant from Lake Street to 50th Street, and on Grand from Lake Street to 48th Street. Both these streets are Snow Emergency routes, so they are not affected by Winter Parking Restrictions. However, both these streets are narrow enough that they pose problems for emergency vehicles, buses, and other drivers. These restrictions, along with the Winter Parking Restrictions, will remain in place until April 1 unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier.



Spreading the word about Snow Emergencies and Winter Parking Restrictions

Minneapolis offers residents, workers and visitors a number of tools to help people learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and  to learn about Winter Parking Restrictions rules. We’re advising drivers to put several of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways they have to learn about a Snow Emergency, the less likely they’ll be towed because they didn’t know one was declared.

Snow information in multiple languages

Information on Snow Emergency and Winter Parking Restrictions is also available in other languages on the City’s website. If you know anyone who primarily speaks Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Oromo, orVietnamese, you can direct them to for information in their language on Snow Emergency and much more.



Published Feb 23, 2014



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