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Alder Patrick W. Heck

Alder Patrick W. Heck

Alder Patrick W. Heck

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

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210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Alder Heck’s Updates

Changes Proposed for Snow Plowing & Street Cleaning

September 19, 2019 10:41 PM

Snow Emergency Zone and Street Cleaning Changes

The city is pursuing some changes to the Snow Emergency Zone and the Clean Streets/Clean Lakes programs that should have positive impacts. Fortunately, and due to resident feedback, adjustments to the initial proposals have resulted in changes that, in my opinion, are more reasonable than ideas that were earlier discussed.

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What is the Snow Emergency Zone?

During a declared snow emergency, vehicles in the Snow Emergency Zone must follow a set of particular rules when parked on city streets, including Alternate Side Parking Rules for those nights. Currently, almost all of District 2 and most of the city center are in the Snow Emergency Zone. The rules must be followed for a minimum of 2 nights and the emergency can be extended if needed. Note that during a declared snow emergency, streets with parking allowed only on one side are exempt from the alternate side parking rules.

What is the Clean Streets/Clean Lakes Program?

The City Streets Division operates street sweeping programs and schedules, detailed here. Included is the Clean Streets/Clean Lakes program of which almost all of District 2 is a participant. The CSCL sweeping program is a special environmental program designed to keep pollutants from washing into our lakes and streams. Daytime parking restrictions are in effect during warmer months, generally for a fixed 4-hour daytime window once per week, so that street sweeping can be done more easily and our lakes kept cleaner. The days and time windows vary, but streets signs detail each block's parking restriction.

What are the Proposed Changes in District 2?

1. The Snow Emergency Zone would be extended to include the small portion of District 2 currently not in the zone: across the Yahara River on Sherman Avenue and into the one main street in Sherman Terrace. Under the proposal, during a declared snow emergency vehicles on streets with parking only on one side will maintain their exemption from alternate side parking rules.

2. The Clean Streets/Clean Lakes parking restrictions would become year-round in all of District 2, rather than just during the warmer months. On each street, the day and time windows when parking is restricted will be the same throughout the year and will be posted on street signs.

Why Change CSCL?

Last winter, with snowfalls every few days, city streets were severely narrowed because of the inability of snowplows to move snow due to parked cars. This has been an ongoing problem that causes safety concerns and makes city workers' jobs more difficult and expensive. Also, when parked vehicles are pushed further out into the roadway due to accumulating snow and ice, biking becomes extremely dangerous as bike lanes disappear. It also made snowplowing much more challenging because snow and ice accumulated and went through multiple thaw/freeze cycles making it very difficult to move vehicles.

Occasional snow plowing will be more effective when parking on each street is restricted for a 4-hour period once each week. For those streets with parking allowed only on one side of the street, the weekly parking restriction window will also facilitate snow plowing since those streets have an alternate side parking exception during snow emergencies. Other city services will also be easier to accomplish, e.g., street tree maintenance and late or early season brush/yard waste pickups, as well as large trash item pickups. Some other areas in the city center already have year-round CSCL with excellent results reported.

Also, Snow Emergencies can be declared not only due to large snowfalls, but also due to frequent smaller snowfalls. If CSCL activities are ongoing year-round, it is possible that a few Snow Emergency declarations due to cumulative snowfalls could be avoided since streets will be plowed more often.

Note that CSCL days and times will be staggered so that there should be nearby streets to park on during the CSCL windows. On many streets with parking on two sides, the CSCL activity will be on different days for each side of the street, so finding nearby parking will be facilitated. For some streets, the CSCL activity will require moving cars from both sides of the street, but some nearby streets will have different CSCL days, hence remain available for parking. The exact time windows and days are not yet certain, but the Streets Division will have a website up in October detailing the changes. I'll be sure to publish that information.

If you have concerns about these changes, please email me with your thoughts. I hope the desire to keep our lakes clean and provide better city services will outweigh any inconveniences due to the year-round CSCL activities, but your input will be considered.

 

 

 




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