St. Paul snowplows will swarm residential streets this week — and any vehicles in the way could be ticketed or towed.
The public works department is scheduled to plow from Tuesday, Jan. 17 to Friday, Jan. 20, the city announced Sunday. Vehicles not moved for 48 hours are subject to a fine or removal, according to a press release.
Parking restrictions from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the relevant days are as follows:
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, vehicles on the north side (odd-numbered side) of residential streets running east to west must be moved.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, vehicles on the south side (even-numbered side) of residential streets running east to west must be moved.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, vehicles on the east side (even-numbered side) of residential streets running north to south must be moved.
On Friday, Jan. 20, vehicles on the west side (odd-numbered side) of residential streets running north to south must be moved.
“This citywide residential plowing effort is extremely critical to keep Saint Paul’s side streets safe and passable as we try to widen and clean up our streets,” said Sean Kershaw, director of St. Paul Public Works. “It is only mid-January and we are getting close to season average snowfall totals. There is a lot of winter still to come.”
On Jan. 4, the city had its fourth snow emergency of the season when a two-day snowstorm dropped more than a foot of snow. It was the fourth-biggest January snowfall on record.
“We know on-street parking is a necessity for our residents, businesses, and visitors in Saint Paul,” Kershaw said. “We need everyone’s help to move their cars according to this special schedule. Everyone doing their part will allow our crews to plow to the curb and help us hold off on the need for a future one-sided parking ban.”
This is not a snow emergency and the snowplowing of residential streets plan will occur “weather permitting.” If a snowstorm dumps a significant amount of snow during this time, the city will adjust its plan and turn its attention to plowing main streets, the city said.
Normal parking rules will apply on all arterial (or main) streets in St. Paul, and all “no parking” restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles in residential handicapped-parking areas should be moved so crews can plow to the curb.
To report cars that have not been moved in several days, call 651-266-9800 and select option 2, or go to stpaul.gov/snowticketing. You’ll need to have the address as well as the make and model of the vehicle. For more information go to stpaul.gov/snow.