Contact: Matt Laible, 612-673-2786
Snow Emergency ends at 8 p.m. Saturday, Winter Parking Restrictions begin 8 a.m. Sunday
City officials will hold media event Sunday afternoon
Feb. 22, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) As work wraps up on the current Snow Emergency that ends at 8 p.m. today, City officials have evaluated the condition of the streets, and have determined that Winter Parking Restrictions need to be implemented to help keep many residential streets passable for emergency vehicles and other drivers.
Winter Parking Restrictions begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. This means parking will be banned 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 Snow Emergency routes, Parkways, and the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency-routes. Drivers parking in Minneapolis must now follow these Winter Parking Restrictions, or they could be ticketed and towed.
Minneapolis has had about 57inches 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.
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 are major bus routes and the narrowed streets force buses to cross the centerline into opposing traffic. Signs are posted prohibiting parking on the even numbered side of these streets. Parking is 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 for normal parking to resume.
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 two videos showing why Winter Parking Restrictions are needed and 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 multiple languages on the City’s website. If you know anyone who primarily speaks Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Oromo, or Vietnamese, you can direct them to www.minneapolismn.gov/languages for information in their language on Snow Emergencies and much more.
Published Feb 22, 2014