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Possible new winter parking plan

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Beginning December 15th, new on-street parking rules could go into effect in a few Rochester neighborhoods, that's if the City Council approves the plan next Monday.  

As of right now parking restrictions dealing with the snow only come out when a snow emergency is issued, but that could be changed for some.  

One of the proposed plans is to have an alternating side parking program.  The parking ordinance would be in effect from December 15th to April 1st and people who park their vehicle on the street in a designated alternate side winter parking zone must abide by the alternate side parking rules every day. Every day from 7 a.m to 7 p.m on odd number calendar days, you would have to park on the odd house number side of the street and on even days the even side of the street.  This year is a pilot program, a test if you will, and will only be applied to 3 neighborhoods in the city.

They include Kutzy Park, Eastside Pioneers, and Slatterly Park.

The main purpose of this is so that narrow roads can be traveled, most importantly by snow plows to keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles.

"There's a lot of opportunity to make this a successful program. I think the neighborhoods we have chosen will be a good tutorial for us, We'll learn a lot here," says Robert Freese of the Rochester Public Works


The city is working very closely with the residents of these three neighborhoods and the current feedback is very positive between both sides. If this turns out to be a success we could potentially see this being used in other neighborhoods in the city.

This will be presented to council and voted on on December 5th.

If it gets passed it will go into effect January 2nd, so that proper signs can be made and people can be alerted.  Also on December 5th they will be talking about stricter penalties for not clearing your sidewalk.

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