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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:
- Do NOT park on the EVEN numbered side of non-Snow-Emergency-routes.
- Parking is allowed on both sides of Snow Emergency routes and parkways, and the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency-routes, unless otherwise posted and provided a Snow Emergency has NOT been declared.
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.
- Call the hotline - By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, folks can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared and where to park during Winter Parking Restrictions. The hotline will include information on parking restrictions that drivers need to follow to avoid tickets and tows. The hotline includes information in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
- Check out the City’s website - Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on Snow Emergencies in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency. For Winter Parking Restrictions visit…
- Phone alerts - Minneapolis uses a community notification voice messaging system that can place thousands of calls per hour to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared and Winter Parking Restrictions instituted. Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_phone-alert to add additional numbers beyond just your home number.
- Email and text alerts - You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed or texted to you. Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_esubscribe for more details.
- Mobile app – The Minneapolis Snow Emergency app, available for iPhone and Android devices, now tells you if and when a Snow Emergency has been declared. It also you where you can and can’t park on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of a Minneapolis Snow Emergency and during Winter Parking Restrictions. The updated app does not send proactive alerts, so when the snow flies, folks will need to open the app to find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared.
- The media - News releases are sent to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers, listeners and readers that a Snow Emergency is in effect or Winter Parking Restrictions have been instituted.
- On cable - Tune in to cable channels 14 and 79. These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared or Winter Parking Restrictions instituted.
- Facebook – “Like” Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/MinneapolisSnowEmergency.
- Twitter - twitter.com/minneapolissnow. If you have a Twitter account, just follow us. Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is declared.
- Videos – The City has produced a video where folks should park when Winter Parking Restrictions are in place.
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 www.minneapolismn.gov/languages for information in their language on Snow Emergency and much more.
Published Feb 23, 2014