Contact: Bridgette Bornstein: 612-741-9684

 

Feb. 22, 2014

Winter Parking Restrictions will improve emergency vehicle access

 

WHAT:      In order to provide reliable access for emergency vehicles, Minneapolis Fire Department and Public Works officials will announce the implementation of Winter Parking Restrictions. The restrictions are needed because of the high levels of snow accumulation this winter, resulting in the narrowing of streets. A Minneapolis Fire Truck will show how difficult it can be for emergency crews to navigate the narrowed neighborhood streets.

 

WHEN:     3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

 

WHERE:    Corner of S. 9th Street and 20th Ave. S

 

MORE:     As work wrapped up on the Snow Emergency which ends today, City officials continued to evaluate 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, Feb, 23. 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 and Parkways, and the ODD numbered side of non-Snow Emergency-routes, unless otherwise posted.

 

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.

                

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Published Feb 22, 2014