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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.


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