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City to Implement Seasonal Parking Requirements to Ensure Timely Public Safety Response

Post Date:09/26/2019 1:54 PM

In an effort to help ensure all residents are responded to in the shortest time possible, the City Council adopted a Seasonal Parking ordinance. The ordinance implements alternate side parking requirements for vehicles parked on City streets and prohibits parking in the bulb (circular part) of cul-de-sacs from October 1 to May 1. Seasonal parking requirements are in effect regardless of the weather forecast or the presence of snow on roadways.

“Alternate side parking will help ensure our emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks and ambulances, can reach residents in an emergency.  Our top priority is to get to get to those in need as quickly and safely as possible.  Removal of snow is key to achieving that,” shares Rochester Fire Chief Eric Kerska.

Rochester Chief of Police Jim Franklin agrees, saying “Effective snow removal creates safer roads for the traveling public.  In an emergency situation, every second makes a different to that person or those people in need.  Clear roadways are a key piece in achieving rapid response. ”

Overview of the Seasonal Parking Requirements:

  • Alternate side parking requirements are in place between 2 a.m. and 3 p.m. During this time:
    • Parking is allowed on the side of the street with EVEN house numbers when the calendar date is EVEN.
    • Parking is allowed on the side of the street with ODD house numbers when the calendar date is ODD.
  • There is no parking in the bulb (circular portion) of any cul-de-sac from October 1 – May 1.
  • This does not apply to metered parking spaces.
  • Posted signs with parking restrictions still apply at all times.

“The City of Rochester will actively work to educate community members on the implementation of these changes. We appreciate your assistance in the successful implementation of this ordinance. Ultimately, it will enhance the safety of our streets and our ability to respond to emergencies,” shares City Administrator Steve Rymer.

More information is available online at www.rochestermn.gov/winter. The icon below can be used to identify important information related to Seasonal Parking Requirements.

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