ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The City of Rockford has declared a citywide snow emergency starting Wednesday March 5 at 1:00 p.m. The odd/even parking will be in effect until the Public Works department deems it no longer necessary. Effective as of 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 5, 2014 cars should be parked on the odd numbered side of the street so plows can safely go down the streets. By 8 a.m. on Thursday March 6, if the snow emergency is still in effect, cars should be parked on the even side of the street.
Salt and plow operations will continue on arterial streets and contractors will begin plowing residential streets at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 5th. The City of Rockford and its contractors are not responsible for plowing alley ways.
Police will issue parking tickets at the cost of $50.00 to vehicles that are parked on the wrong side of the street.
The residential area between 20th St. west to Kishwaukee St., Harrison Avenue north to Rural St. has been problematic for the City Crews to plow during past storms, due to vehicles parked on both sides of the street. Citizens in this area are encouraged to move their vehicles either off the street or to the appropriate side of the street as specified by the odd/even parking.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
- If your street is marked as “No Parking” on one side of the street, the Snow Emergency Declaration allows you to park legally in the restricted area during the time that the Snow Emergency Declaration is in effect.
- Do not assume that you can move your car when the street is plowed. Your car must remain parked appropriately until after the Snow Emergency has been lifted.
- All vehicles must be moved to the correct side of the street at 8:00 a.m.