February 26, 2019 05:34 PM
Winter parking restrictions go into effect on Wednesday in Minneapolis.
That means people need to pay extra attention to where they park in the city for the next several weeks.
The city hasn't had a winter parking restriction like this since 2014, but with the amount of snowfall received this month, navigating the narrow roads is becoming too difficult, especially for first responders.
"It is absolutely a life or death situation in many instances, for us seconds, minutes can be critical," said Bryan Tyner, Assistant Fire Chief with Minneapolis fire.
The Minneapolis Fire Department worked with the city of Minneapolis to enforce a winter parking restriction. It's only the eighth time since 1990. It means parking is banned on the even-numbered side of all streets that aren't marked as a snow emergency route.
"By working together we can ensure that our streets remain passable for emergency vehicles, for buses, for our plows and for everybody who needs to travel," said Robin Hutcheson, Minneapolis Public Works Director.
Those with a handicapped parking permit can get a waiver to this by calling 311, but anyone else continuing to park in restricted areas will be ticketed and towed.
"We are going to be out there enforcing the rules so anybody who doesn't comply with the rules they're taking a gamble," said Mike Kennedy, with Minneapolis Public Works.
The ban lasts until April 1.
"Compliance is the key," Hutcheson said.
The ban could be lifted before April 1 depending on weather and how effective the city is at clearing out the snow.
If anyone has any questions about how the restriction works, click here.
Updated: February 26, 2019 05:34 PM
Created: February 26, 2019 03:15 PM
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