Minneapolis on Wednesday instituted a one-sided parking ban, limiting parking to snow emergency routes, parkways and the odd numbered side of non-snow emergency routes. St. Paul did not.
Officials with St. Paul Public Works said in a statement that despite the many snowbanks trimming travel space along city boulevards, they do no plan to declare a one-sided parking ban at this time, though that could change in the future.
“Our streets are snow packed and narrowing,” reads the statement. “However, St. Paul Public Works continues to closely monitor them and work to keep our arterial streets clear in the drive lanes and widen our residential streets to keep them safe and passible.”
Some 52 inches of snowfall has fallen in the Twin Cities this winter, exceeding typical seasonal snowfalls.
The city last week ordered cars to be moved for a special four-day plowing operation, alternating between sides of east-west streets. That was canceled on Jan. 19 in favor of an official city snow emergency declaration — the fifth of the season — which triggers up to 96 hours of emergency plowing operations and parking restrictions.
If more snowfall leaves the city unable to widen residential streets to keep them safe and passible for emergency vehicles, Public Works officials said they could post no parking signs on one side of the street in certain areas, or declare a citywide one-sided parking ban in the future.
To report concerns about street conditions, leave a message at 651-266-9700 and select option 2. To sign up for snow emergency alerts, visit stpaul.gov/snow.