Vehicles Will Be Towed Downtown Tonight

Friday, December 19, 2008 - 5:00am

The heavy snowstorm and lack of compliance with alternate side parking restrictions will necessitate the towing of illegally parked vehicles on several streets in the downtown/isthmus area tonight and Saturday evening. Towing is necessary to avoid several streets becoming too narrow for emergency vehicles and others to safely traverse.

Parking Enforcement staff will be ticketing and towing cars parked in violation of the alternate side parking rules on the following streets,

Wisconsin Av. from Dayton to Langdon W. Doty St.
300 Block of S. Henry St. W. Washington Av.
300 Block of S. Hamilton St. W. Main St.
N. & S. Bedford St. W. Mifflin St.
N. Henry St. N. & S. Franklin St.
N. Carroll St. N. & S. Hancock St.
E. Mifflin St. N. Blair St.
E. Dayton St. E. Johnson St. from Blair to Baldwin
W. Wilson St. W. Gilman St. from Wisconsin to State

Vehicles parked in violation of the alternate side parking rules face a fine of $60. If a vehicle is towed and additional $50 is added for a total fine of $110.

"We strongly urge people who park on these streets to get their vehicles off the street by taking advantage of the parking options available during a snow emergency," George Dreckmann of the Streets Division said.

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.

Details on alternate side parking and parking alternatives during a snow emergency are available at Residents can also sign up to receive a text message and/or and e-mail whenever a snow emergency is declared by registering at the web

  • Geoerge Dreckmann, 267-2626