Edina, Minn., Oct. 19, 2018 – Snow is just around the corner. To ensure there are no cars blocking parts of the road, the City has winter parking laws. From Nov. 1 through March 31, all vehicles must be off the streets between 1 and 6 a.m. In addition, no vehicle may be parked in any street after a snowfall of at least 1.5 inches until the street has been plowed to its full width.
The City of Edina’s Public Works employees take great pride in keeping local roads clear of ice and snow during the winter months. In a pinch, the City can clear all the roads in about seven hours. However, the streets cannot be completely cleared when parked vehicles obstruct the roadway.
“We benefit greatly from the winter parking hours,” said Public Works Director Brian Olson. “They allow our Public Works crews to start plowing immediately when overnight snowfall occurs.”
However, long before the plows are on the road, Edina Police Officers patrol the 26 plow routes to keep plowing schedules on track.
“I want to compliment our Police Department for its hard work and getting out there even before us,” said Streets Supervisor John Scheerer. “They really do great work.”
Plow drivers do their best to plow around vehicles left on the street, but depending on the amount and nature of snowfall, complications with visibility often occur.
“Towing vehicles is the last thing we want to do, but we need to get the cars off the street after a snowfall of 1.5 inches or more,” said Police Chief Dave Nelson. “We do our best to get ahold of the vehicle owner before towing, but it delays plowing schedules.”
Additionally, vehicles left on the street may be blocked due to the way the plows push the snow. Because of these aspects, residents shouldn’t follow the ordinances just to ensure their streets are plowed well, but also to protect their vehicles.
For more information on winter parking ordinances, contact the Edina Police Department at 952-826-1610.