Minneapolis declares Snow Emergency

Help spread the word to keep your friends and neighbors from having their cars ticketed and towed 

The City of Minneapolis has declared a Snow Emergency beginning today, Jan. 11. City crews have been plowing and treating streets to keep them drivable. Now that a Snow Emergency has been declared, parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 9 p.m., tonight, so crews can plow more than 1,000 miles of streets as wide as possible. That’s the equivalent of 3,200 “lane miles” of streets that need to be plowed—enough to plow a lane from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Alaska.

When a Snow Emergency is declared, parking rules go into effect so plows can clear the streets and fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and other vehicles can then get around and park. Plowing the streets completely requires vehicles parked on streets to move. It’s in everyone’s best interest to follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible, and folks can avoid a ticket and tow.

Snow Emergency parking rules

Tonight, Jan. 11, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Day 1)
Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until 8 a.m., or the street is fully plowed.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)
Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or until that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until 8 p.m. or until the parkway is fully plowed.

Friday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)
Do not park on the ODD numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or until that side of the street is fully plowed.

For more information on Snow Emergencies in Minneapolis, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/snow.

Remember to shovel sidewalks and shovel around your garbage carts

Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for all other properties. Failure to shovel your walk could lead to a ticket plus the cost of crews shoveling it. The City is stepping up enforcement to ensure compliance with the ordinance.

There may be resources for people who need help clearing their sidewalks. People can call 311 for a list of resources that might be available.

Sign up now, stay informed throughout the season

Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and what to do when they are. The City advises drivers to put many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways people use to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they will be to do their part, and the less likely they will be to be towed because they didn’t know one was declared.

 

Published Jan 11, 2017

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