Snow Emergency Declared Again
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 12:21pm
Snow emergency will be in effect until 7am December 13
The City of Madison has declared another snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect in the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. This snow emergency will remain in effect until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13.
The Streets Division along with contractors will begin plowing all city streets starting around 9pm this evening when the snow has stopped. Currently, Streets Division crews are maintaining the city salt routes and will remain on the salt routes until switching to plowing operations around 9pm. Our combined plow force will be approximately 170 pieces of equipment. Even though this is has been a powdery, dry snow, there is over seven inches of snow on the ground, so it will take crews 10 to 12 hours to clear all residential streets curb to curb.
Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Residents are also encouraged not to place their refuse and recycling carts in the street. Fewer obstacles in the road means crews the plowing operations will be safer, faster, and more complete.
Parking on the Street Tonight (Sunday 12/11/16 into early morning of Monday 12/12)
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of December 11 into early morning of December 12) 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.
Parking on the Street Tomorrow Night (Monday 12/12 into the early morning of Tuesday 12/13)
Vehicles parked on the tomorrow night (the evening of December 12 into early morning of December 13) should have their vehicles on the ODD 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.
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/Isthmus area and on the near east and near west sides. Parkers should pay attention to all parking signs.
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 the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of W. Washington Ave.
For the Monday (12/12) morning commute, residents should give themselves additional time to get to work. The pre-storm brining operations combined with salt routes being maintained during the storm means the major thoroughfares in Madison will likely be in fair winter driving conditions come Monday morning, but some slick spots may persist. Also, residential plowing could still be ongoing, so be sure to give the plows plenty of room to perform their work safely. Overnight plowing operations may push snow from the street and block some driveway aprons, so residents may need to get up earlier than usual to be sure they have time to clear a path for their vehicles.
Everyone is encouraged to make good choices on their commute. Drive slow. Brake early. Be cautious.
Madison residents can get complete snow emergency information at www.cityofmadison.com/winter or by calling 261-9111.
- Bryan Johnson, 608-267-2626, firstname.lastname@example.org