City of
Madison

District 2

Alder Patrick W. Heck

Alder Patrick W. Heck

Alder Patrick W. Heck

Contact Information

Home Address:

123 N. Blount St. #303
Madison , WI 53703

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 Heck’s Updates

Snow Emergency Parking Rules Continue and Plowing Update

February 13, 2019 3:25 PM

PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET TONIGHT

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street tonight if possible. If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Details on winter parking restrictions are available at cityofmadison.com/winter. Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine. Violators will be towed again tonight. If a vehicle is towed, an additional $65 towing fee is added to the parking citation.

Crews will be working throughout the night to plow back areas that had been blocked by parked cars during the initial plowing operation. Snow that cannot be plowed from the street due to parked vehicles may freeze solid and impede traffic and parking all winter long.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of City-owned parking 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 in City garages longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and garages 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

Plowing efforts related from yesterday's significant snow storm continue.

Residents are encouraged to choose off-street parking options and to avoid placing their refuse and recycling carts in the street for collection. Any obstruction in the roadway only results leaving sections of the road unplowed. Also, clean-up plowing operations mean additional snow pushed from the road and into the driveway aprons and crosswalks.

Commuters throughout the day may encounter slippery roads and plow trucks trying to treat them, so remember to make good choices. Be slow, patient, and safe on the potentially slick roads (especially in residential neighborhoods) and give the plow operators plenty of space to do their work.

On Tuesday, February 12, citywide plowing operations began in the afternoon when the snow began to taper off. It is longstanding Streets Division practice to wait until a storm is at or near its end before beginning the 14 to 16 hour process of plowing all of the streets in Madison. However, the snow lingered longer than anticipated and even more fell overnight while crews were focused on the Snow Emergency Zone plowing operation. The extra helping of snow re-covered the plowed areas, including the main routes of Madison.

In response to the snow, on February 13 at 4:00 a.m., the Streets Division 32 dispatched crews to begin plowing and salting the salt routes. The salt routes are the main thoroughfares, Madison Metro routes, and roads around schools and hospitals. Crews will continue looping through their routes throughout the day.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. today, February 13, the process began for cleaning up after the initial citywide plowing, and plowing the additional that snow that fell. Fifteen Streets Division plow trucks started circling through the neighborhoods this morning, pushing back snow from areas blocked by obstructions last night and also pushing back the extra snow that fell. When the salt routes are in good winter driving condition later today, all 32 of these trucks will rotate into the neighborhood streets to continue plowing. When the salt route vehicles begin plowing neighborhood streets they will not be applying salt.

Additional operators will be brought in during the afternoon as clean-up operations continue through the night.

At midnight this evening, a fresh deployment of operators will be assigned to work the second night of the snow emergency plowing within the snow emergency zone, and plow back other areas.

Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at cityofmadison.com/winter. You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling (608) 261-9111.




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