February 27, 2019 05:54 AM
Many drivers in Minneapolis will have to move their vehicles and find other places to park due to the record-breaking snow piled up in the city.
New winter parking restrictions go into effect Wednesday morning for the first time in five years.
The restrictions are expected to be in effect for about a month. In most cases, drivers will only be able to park on one side of the street.
"Snow that has been plowed along the curbs has reached a point where our streets have become too narrow for a number of large vehicles, including emergency vehicles, our own city plows and transit buses," Robin Hutcheson, Minneapolis Public Works director, said.
The decision to implement winter parking restrictions is a relatively rare move.
Minneapolis has only had to implement a winter parking ban eight times over the last 30 years.
However, officials say this year it's necessary.
The restrictions mean drivers cannot park on the even-numbered side of all streets that aren't also marked as snow emergency routes.
Drivers who do not follow both snow emergency rules and winter parking restrictions will be ticketed and towed.
"We do understand it is an inconvenience but this convenience will allow us as emergency responders to respond to emergencies in your homes, in your neighborhoods," Assistant Chief Bryan Tyner, with the Minneapolis Fire Department, said.
The winter parking restrictions go into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday and are expected to remain in effect until April 1.
Rebecca Omastiak & Alex Jokich
Created: February 27, 2019 05:54 AM
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