PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT
The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19.
The Streets Division along with contractors will begin plowing all city streets once this final band of snow ceases. We expect plowing operations to start around 9:00 p.m. and it will take 10 to 12 hours for all streets to be cleared. Currently, Streets Division crews are maintaining the city salt routes and will remain on the salt routes until switching to plowing operations around 9:00 p.m. The combined plow force of the Streets Division and contractors will be approximately 170 pieces of equipment.
Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Fewer obstacles in the road means the plowing operations will be safer, faster and more complete.
Parking on the Street Saturday Night
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of December 17 into early morning of December 18) must park their vehicles on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.
Parking on the Street Sunday Night
Vehicles parked on the street tomorrow night (the evening of December 18 into early morning of December 19) must be parked on the ODD house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Other Parking Information
Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs. Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned garages in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City garages from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. If you enter before 9:00 p.m. or leave after 7:00 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until the time you leave.
When parking in the garages overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in City garages and lots are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Free parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of West Washington Avenue.
Snow Plowing Update
Note those on the roads will experience slick spots, and the dry snow with blustery conditions will make for very challenging and dangerous driving conditions, particularly in outlying areas - so please exercise great caution if you elect to be on the roads tonight. Temperatures have remained above 15 degrees throughout the storm, meaning the Streets Division was able to apply salt to our salt routes and keep these major thoroughfares of Madison in decent winter driving condition. Those on the roads must remain cautious. Since there is active snowing, work performed by salt routes crews will be covered until another loop through the routes can be completed.
Plus, this dry, sugary snow will easily blow off buildings and across open areas, which will also cover the roads until a salt route operator can make another pass. Slippery spots will persist, particularly in residential areas not on our salt routes. Outlying areas of Madison may experience limited visibility as the snow blows and drifts across the roads - so please use caution and avoid traveling if possible.
While residential streets are being cleared during the plowing operation later tonight, temporary windrows may impede access to side streets and bike lanes and paths until they can be cleared later. As always with plowing operations, residents should be prepared for the possibility of snow in their driveway aprons after their roads have been cleared. When we plow back to the curb, snow naturally falls off the plow and into the cavity along the curb created by driveway aprons.
After the storm, temperatures are expected to freefall below 15 degrees and stay below 15 until later in the week. When temperatures are below 15 degrees, the Streets Division cannot apply salt and will only use sand with traction. This will likely impact roadway users both Sunday and Monday, so please make good choices and remain cautious on your commutes.