Director Martin L. Flask of the City of Cleveland Department of Public Safety will officially end the Snow Emergency Parking Ban at 6pm this evening. As a result, the prohibitions and restrictions that were placed on stopping, standing and parking vehicles on posted Snow Emergency streets have been lifted. The ban was made effective yesterday afternoon at 4:30 in order to give plows the ability to clear roadways, reduce traffic congestion and enable utility crews and first responders access to emergency situations and critical services .
However, motorists are still encouraged to avoid parking vehicles on city streets wherever possible even though the parking ban has been lifted. This will allow snow plows sufficient time to remove snow and treat the roadways.
CLEVELAND – Martin L. Flask, Director of Public Safety for the City of Cleveland, has declared a Snow Emergency Parking Ban for the city of Cleveland effective at 4:30 P.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. As a result, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on City streets with posted red and white signs UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Parking is prohibited on designated Snow Emergency streets, which are identified as necessary for transportation, the movement of food and fuel supplies, medical care, fire, health and police protection and other vital facilities of the City.
Significant snowfall can cause streets to become congested and un-passable. Vehicles left parked in the roadway prevent snowplows from clearing streets, which can make driving down these streets impossible. The resultant bottlenecks and gridlock can hamper response by emergency vehicles.
For this reason, citizens are encouraged to avoid parking vehicles on all city streets to allow snow plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice from the roads.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 As heavy snow continues to fall, tandem plowing (multiple trucks clearing a street together) has begun to help clear main thoroughfares in downtown Cleveland. Later this afternoon, the City of Cleveland plans to use tandem plowing on key commuter routes to help improve road conditions. A parking ban is in effect.
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