Salt Lake testing new program for snow plows that may change where you park

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SALT LAKE CITY – It’s that time of year, snow plow season.

If cars are parked down both sides of the street, it can be difficult for snow plows to get through and clear the roads.

The Streets Division in Public Services currently clears snow from Salt Lake City streets and has come up with a pilot program to try to change that.

This winter Salt Lake City Public Services is launching the program which is designed to improve street snow removal and make roads safer and easier for residents.

The pilot program will test restricting on-street parking on either the odd or even side of the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on nine predetermined priority roads.

Those areas would only be restricted during snow events significant enough to warrant a “Heavy Snow Alert” to be issued by the City’s Street Division.

The streets chosen by the City for the pilot program are:

EAST-WEST PILOT PROGRAM STREETS:Snow plow parking sign

·       200 South from State Street to University Street- District 4

·       3rd Avenue from Canyon Road to Virginia Street- District 3

·       800 South/Indiana from Redwood Road to 1300 East- Districts 2 & 4

·       900 South from 1300 East to Foothill- District 6

·       2700 South from Highland to 2200 East- District 7

NORTH-SOUTH PILOT PROGRAM STREETS:

·       500 East from 800 South to 2100 South- District 5

·       200 West from 750 North to 900 South- Districts 3 & 4

·       900 West from North Temple to 1000 North- Districts 1, 2, & 3

·       1200 West from 300 North to Reclamation Road- District 1

Courtesy: Salt Lake City Public Services

Courtesy: Salt Lake City Public Services

“Over the years, the Public Services Department has received numerous complaints and concerns from residents about snow mounds that build up on their streets and turn to ice, decreasing the amount of on-street parking and making it difficult to safely enter or exit their vehicles,” Tara Olson said, Public Services Project Analyst. “This program will allow City crews to clear those snow mounds before they freeze to help alleviate problems for residents.”

If an upcoming storm meets the required forecast conditions, the City will issue an alert to impacted residents by phone, text and/or email the day before the weather moves in.

The alert will warn residents about the areas where they cannot park.

Olson said the City will also maintain a 24-hour snow hotline, (801) 535-6500, residents can call for current information and instructions.

During the pilot, the City will NOT enforce or issue tickets to residents who fail to follow the alert parking guidelines, Olson said.

However, residents will get warning-only notices in an effort to educate everyone about the program.

Olson said, if you are one of the residents who could be affected, the City has mailed you information about the streets and where to park.

Signs have also been installed on all impacted streets.

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