Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 1:51am
The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. That means that alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the entire City of Madison including the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone.
Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Residents who must park on the street this evening should park on the EVEN house numbered side of the street. Vehicles parked on the street Wednesday evening December 10th should be parked on the ODD house numbered side of the street. 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.
The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until at least 7 a.m. on Thursday December 11th.
Parking is available in the cashiered sections of city-owned ramps in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City ramps from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. If you enter before 9 p.m. or leave after 7 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9 p.m. and from 7 a.m. until the time you leave.
When parking in the ramps overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in city ramps longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and ramps are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Parking is also available at three central city parks. Residents can park in the lots at Burr Jones Park 1820 E. Washington Av, the boat landing lot of Tenney Park, 1615 Sherman AV (located along the east side of the Yahara River), and beach parking lot at Olbrich Park 3527 Atwood Av.
Madison residents can get complete snow emergency information at www.cityofmadison.com/winter or by calling 261-9111.
Plowing contractors are reminded that it is against the law to leave snow in the street.
"Due to the high volume of snow we are seeing many plow contractors push snow from parking lots and sidewalks onto the street," Streets Division spokesperson George Dreckmann said. "Snow left in the street creates driving hazards and slows plowing operations. If snow is pushed across streets, contractors are obligated to remove all snow from the road."
- George Dreckmann, 267-2626
- Snow Emergency Hotline, 261-9111