No parking signs are popping up in some trouble spots around Minneapolis as city crews work to remove snow and ice buildup.
Minneapolis officials say some streets are simply getting too narrow for emergency vehicles and transit buses to get through. A typical fire engine is more than 8 feet wide, but a ladder truck spans more than 9 feet.
The city is not instituting winter parking restrictions at this time – only temporary, marked no parking orders to remove snow and ice.
"For starters, we're going to post one side of the street with no parking," said Mike Kennedy, transportation director. "You can see it says no parking except the odd side plowing day."
The restrictions will remain in effect until the streets are cleared or there is a full melt. Cars parked in violation of the temporary rules may be ticketed and towed.
ST. LOUIS PARK: ODD SIDE PARKING
The city of St. Louis Park is asking residents to voluntarily restrict on-street parking to the odd side of the street through the remainder of the winter season.
so firefighters, police officers, bus drivers, plow drivers and other large-vehicle operators will be able to more easily navigate streets.
The large amount of snow and lack of a thaw this winter has made many of the city's streets impassable for emergency vehicles, buses, plows and other large vehicles when cars are parked on both sides.
Parking restrictions are voluntary this time, but additional snow or a failure to cooperate could trigger mandatory parking restrictions for some city streets.