Even though there is no snow on the
ground and the temperature has been in the 50s all week, winter
parking regulations go into effect Thursday at 1 a.m.
Winter regulations include alternate
street side parking, which means parking on the even house numbered
side of the street on even numbered days and on the odd house
numbered side of the street on odd numbered days between the hours of
1 a.m. and 7 a.m.
"[Winter regulations] are important
when there is snowfall, in order for the street to get cleared all
the way to the curb," said George Twigg, communications director
for Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. "One day the snow plows can get to the
curb on one side, and the other day when people follow alternate side
parking restrictions, the plows can get all the way to the curb on
the other side."
The city of Madison urges street
parkers to be aware of which side of the street they park on in the
evening based the following day’s date.
If people park their cars on the
evening of Nov. 15, they should park it on the even side of the
street because restrictions begin at 1 a.m., Nov. 16, which is an
even numbered day.
These regulations stay in effect
regardless of the weather conditions, except during a state of snow
emergency when the entire residential streets need to be plowed.
In these cases, parkers must follow
emergency instructions given on the city of Madison's winter
parking information line and on its website.
In the downtown area, alternate parking
regulations take effect in the Downtown-Isthmus Snow Emergency Zone
only during snow emergencies. This zone extends from Park Street on
the west to Proudfit Street on the south to Thornton Avenue and the
Yahara River on the north and from Lake Monona to Lake Mendota.
Exceptions to regulations include
streets that have 24-hour no parking restrictions on one side of the
street, which leaves them exempt from alternate parking regulations.
Also, the 700 to 1200 block of Jenifer
Street must observe daytime alternate parking restrictions.
Therefore, in a state of snow emergency, this street is exempt from
all other restrictions.
Violators of alternate side parking
regulations will be fined $10, while violators of the snow emergency
regulations will be fined $20.
The regulations, as they do every year,
will continue until March 15.
Representatives from the city of
Madison Parking Utility were unavailable Tuesday.