MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Finding street parking in Minneapolis is about to get a whole lot tougher.

Thanks to our weekend blizzard the city is making some big changes, all in the name of safety.

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, cars parked on both sides of the street will be a thing of the past.

The city is restricting parking to just one side of the street to ensure public safety crews can safely and swiftly reach every home and business in the city.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

The Minneapolis fire department allowed cameras inside one of their trucks Thursday afternoon to show how tough it is to get through the majority of city side streets.

“It’s our worst nightmare, because it can severely impact our response time,” said Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Jackson.

Fire trucks are 8.5-feet wide, but need at least 12 feet of street width when they arrive at an emergency, so firefighters can open compartment doors on the trucks to get out their tools and equipment.

Beginning Friday morning, drivers parking in Minneapolis will not be able to park on the even-numbered side of non-snow emergency routes.

Parking is allowed, however, on both sides of snow emergency routes and parkways and on the odd side of non-snow emergency routes, unless otherwise posted (and provided a snow emergency has not been declared). Drivers who don’t follow winter parking restrictions could be ticketed or towed.

“We understand that Winter Parking Restrictions pose a challenge to drivers, particularly those who live in higher-density neighborhoods,” Mayor R.T. Rybak said in the city’s release. “However, making our city safe for residents and visitors is the most important responsibility we have. If someone needs help, we must make sure that police officers, firefighters, medics and any other emergency responders can come to their aid.”

WCCO-TV’s Amelia Santaniello Reports

Comments (9)
  1. tim zielske says:

    How abot curb to curb plowing,no snow banks in intersections and alley entrances…..

  2. t says:

    I agree. I live on a snow emergancy route, and yet after 2 snow emergancys they have not plowed any of the streets from Curb to curb. There is still at least 3 feet of unplowed road on both sides of the route as well as on the side routes. If maybe we plowed completely we wouldnt have to worry about this.

  3. Charlie says:

    Yep I agree. This is Minnesota–it’s embarrassing that a 17-inch snowfall crippled us like it did.

  4. Todd says:

    So, in the event of another storm we will not allow parking on either side of the street until Spring? Most roads have at least two feet of standing snow in the road from the curb, including the ‘snow emergency routes’. 26th St S and 28th St S. are a great example of how bad it can be around Abbott and Chlidrens Hospital. Minneapolis isn’t even trying. I am not attacking the plow drivers here, they need more time to do it right. I blame the city planners for the half-measures they are forcing on the citizens.

  5. Emily says:

    Finding a parking place every night after work has ALREADY been incredibly challenging, especially with snow piles and poorly plowed roads. On the road I live on, about 90-95% of parking is on the EVEN side–which now, apparently, it is illegal to park in. I am horrified…this is my first winter in a Minneapolis apartment. Is this really the reality of living in Minneapolis? Until APRIL? I understand why the restriction was made, but I hope the city planners realize just HOW much this impacts some people! There is NO WHERE to park.

  6. Elle says:

    Good point Todd–we still have 4 snowy months ahead, if there is another storm we won’t even have enough space to drive in between the huge snowbanks. By the U of M campus in Minneapolis here it is terrible. It’s nearly impossible to find a nearby parking spot year-round, let alone when half of them are taken away by this parking restricion, and the streets haven’t been plowed well at all. University Ave has lost a few feet on each side, plus cars still park there. 4th Street didn’t get plowed even close to the curb. It went from 3 driving lanes and one parking lane in one area down to only 2 lanes of driving! It’s ridiculous. After 2 snow emergencies in a row we shouldn’t have to be dealing with this.

  7. Patrick says:

    90% of city planers would prefer a far more public transit based and walkable city. Most Minneapolis streets predate the total domination of auto culture They are just not meant to handle modern cars parked end to end on both sides with heavy winter snows piled up. We should just be thankful this does not happen every winter. So unless you want to pay to have all the snow trucked out or widen all the streets don’t blame the city planners. I personally wish we had subways 🙂 No snow underground right?

  8. Todd says:

    This city did not appear overnight. The roads did not suddenly get smaller. Over the last half century cars have not made any appreciable change in size. The city planners have either failed to keep this city equipt to handle the situation or that have failed to properly plan for it. Driving around other connected cities to Minneapolis it is very clear that this isn’t any sort of a physics issue, this is a planning and preparedness issue.

  9. M says:

    Clearing TCF for the Vikings is more important than public safety. Dah!!

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