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Alder Arvina Martin

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Council Vice President

Alder Arvina Martin,
Council Vice President

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Home Address:

4901 Waukesha Street
Madison , WI 53705

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Martin’s Blog


January 27, 2019 6:23 PM

Madison Declares Snow Emergency

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect tonight for the Snow Emergency Zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison.  The snow emergency will remain in effect until at least 7 a.m. on January 29.

Depending on road conditions, the snow emergency may be extended beyond January 29.

During the overnight hours this evening, Streets Division crews will plow and spread material on the main thoroughfares and additional crews will be brought in to begin plowing the Snow Emergency Zone. 

Individuals who park their vehicle in the Snow Emergency Zone overnight must abide by alternate side parking rules. Those who do not follow the alternate side parking rules may be ticketed and towed.

All Madison residents are encouraged to choose off-street parking options for their vehicles and trailers for this entire week. Fewer obstacles in the road means plowing operations will be safer, faster, and more complete.  

The Streets Division crews along with heavy equipment contractors will begin plowing all city streets during the morning of Monday, January 28 when the storm is predicted to end.

All Madison streets should have their initial plowing 14 to 16 hours after the citywide plowing begins on Monday morning.  However, due to the severity of this storm, it may take several more hours for all Madison roads to be cleared.

Parking on the Street Tonight (Sunday 1/27/19 into early morning of Monday 1/28/19)

All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of January 27 into early morning of January 28) need to have their vehicles on the EVEN house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1am and 7am.  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.

Snow Emergency Towing in Effect

Vehicles on the below listed areas within the Snow Emergency Zone that are found in violation of the alternate side parking ordinance will be ticketed and towed.  


300 block of S Hamilton St.
W Doty St. (all)
100 - 300 blocks and 700-800 blocks of W. Washington Ave.
300 - 600 blocks of W Mifflin St.
10 N Bedford to 300 S Bedford St.
10 - 200 blocks of  W. Gilman St
300 - 500 blocks of N Carroll St
300 – 600 blocks of N Henry St.
200, 300, and 500 blocks of Wisconsin Ave.
200 – 10 N. Baldwin St.
200 – 500 blocks E. Mifflin St.
100 – 300 blocks of N Hamilton St.
N. Hancock St. (all)
S. Hancock St. (all)
N. Franklin St. (all)
S. Franklin St. (all)
N. Blair St. (all)
E. Johnson St. (from Blair to Baldwin)

Other Parking Information

Residents are reminded that all daytime parking restrictions will be enforced.  That includes restrictions that ban parking on selected blocks in the downtown area and on the near east and near west sides.  Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs.

Parking will be 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 the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of W. Washington Ave.

Why You Should Follow Alternate Side Parking

Following alternate side parking keeps the roads open, wide, and safe for all roadway users – cars, bicycles, emergency vehicles, refuse/recycling collection, and so on. 

During tonight's portion of the snow emergency, when you park on the EVEN side of the street as you should, that leaves an open lane of travel on the ODD side for the plows to push the snow all the way back to the curb. 

And tomorrow night, for the second half of the snow emergency, parking on the ODD side means plows can get to all the snow on the EVEN side that they could not the night before since of all the parked cars were there.

Additional Information

Madison residents can get additional snow plowing and snow emergency information at and addition winter parking information by calling 608-261-9111.

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