Parking ban Wed. night in New Haven

Car parked along a snow bank on State Street in New Haven, Feb. 5, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)
Car parked along a snow bank on State Street in New Haven, Feb. 5, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Mayor Toni Harp was briefed by city department heads Wednesday about the city’s response to the two winter storms this week, and what lies ahead.

Many of the roads look pretty clear but because of the rain and very cold temperatures expected in the days ahead, city officials are worried about icy conditions, so there out in full force making sure everything is clear.

On city streets, there’s still some snow and some slush, and snowplows are everywhere making sure roads are clear and widened to avoid further problems.

“Everything will be ice beginning tonight.”

Late Wednesday morning, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp was briefed by city department heads about the city’s response to these two winter storms.

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You can see they’re concerned about the next few days as well.

That’s why there’s another parking ban on all posted snow emergency routes, a downtown parking ban and a residential parking ban starting at 6 PM.

“We’re going to ticket and tow in the downtown area.  From 6 PM to 6 AM, we’re going to be ticketing all the snow routes,  which you can find on our city’s websites. And from 6 PM to 6 AM we’re asking folks in residential districts, do not park on the odd, do not be the odd car on the block, park on the even side only,” said Doug Hausladen, Dir. Transportation, Traffic, Parking.

That’s good news of course for people out plowing the roads. News 8′s Erin Logan went for a ride along as Jeff Donaldson was plowing some side streets in New Haven. He says it’s frustrating when people don’t follow the rules.

“If they have their car out of the way, we can get the snow off the roads before it freezes into place and tonight when it does get cold, we’ve got big problems,” said Donaldson.

Those problems will be minimized if you make sure cars in your neigborhood are clear and not boxed in covered with snow.

If you need to park downtown during that parking ban, residents can park free at the Granite Square Garage, and overnight parking (5 p.m. until 9 a.m.) is available at the Temple Street and Crown Street Garages for only $3.

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