Winter Parking Restrictions in effect to improve access for public safety vehicles
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.
Minneapolis has had more than 50 inches of snow so far this winter, with very little melting in between snowfalls. 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 side of non-Snow Emergency-routes, unless otherwise posted and provided a Snow Emergency has NOT been 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.
Non-English Snow Emergency information
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, Vietnamese or Lao, you can direct them to www.minneapolismn.gov/languages for information in their language on Snow Emergency and much more.
Published Feb 23, 2014