Parking ban to be implemented on all Edmonton streets after major snowstorms this winter

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Three graders heading down 114 St. clearing the accumulation of snow that has fallen in the past 12 hours in Edmonton, March 31, 2020. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia
Three graders heading down 114 St. clearing the accumulation of snow, March 31, 2020. The City of Edmonton will be implementing a parking ban on all roads following major snowstorms this coming winter in an effort to improve snow removal. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia, file

Parking bans will occur in two phases, Simpson said, with vehicles first needing to be removed on arterial roads, collector roads, bus routes, streets within the city’s 13 business improvement areas and those with current “seasonal no parking” signs. This phase is expected to take 48 hours before crews would then move to the second step in residential areas. Vehicles will then need to be removed on residential and industrial streets for crews to work. Once the first phase is complete, motorists will again be able to park on those cleared streets.

Phase two will take five to seven days, but the overall impact on individual communities is expected to be around 72 hours, Simpson said. Residents can resume parking on residential streets once the roads have been cleared and won’t have to wait until the parking ban is declared over across the entire city. Signs will be posted in communities to let residents know when the plows are coming and that vehicles need to be removed.

Entering the first year of the city-wide ban, Simpson said the city will focus on education before enforcement, but warnings and fines will be an option to gain compliance. The fine for not adhering to the parking ban is $100 and vehicles can be towed if necessary.

The city is encouraging residents to sign up for parking ban email alerts and use the new interactive map to see which phase of the ban roads fall under and their clearing status.

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