Hartford issues city wide parking ban

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– In Hartford, there is a city wide parking ban where no cars are allowed on the streets.

It’s all in effort so snow plows can get down the streets to do the job at hand.

And with residents facing tickets or a tow, they’re trying to do what they can.

Archamedies Ortega is chopping ice and removing snow from the corner of his driveway so he can park more cars off the street.

Hartford banned parking starting at 8:00 Wednesday evening.

“They will tow your car if you leave it in the street,” said Arquimedes Ortega, Hartford

When asked if he warns his tenants not to leave their cars on the street, Arquimedes Ortega, Hartford said, ” yes I do. yes I do.”

When told at 8 o’clock Wednesday night they are going to start towing, where are you going to put your car, Luis Alicea, Hartford, said ” I don’t know.”

The mayor has made school parking lots available for off street parking while plows clear the streets, but once the ban is lifted the cars have to back on the street so plows can clear school grounds. The mayor understands it’s a delicate dance.

“Last time we did not begin any towing till after 6 in the morning and even the tickets that were issued were issued for $45, we did not do more aggressive ticketing,” said Mayor Pedro Segarra, (D) Hartford.

Mayor Segarra

And scaffolding is a big concern around the city of Hartford. The mayor says with all of that heavy wet snow coming they are sending out inspectors to check that the scaffolding is securely attached to the building.

They are especially concerned in areas like by the bus stops,  that it could come loose and that all the people next to it getting on and off the bus, they don’t want anything to happen when the snow starts flying.

“We have gone through the list of any potential places that might be dangerous and we feel really comfortable that this particular snow storm we seem to appear to be in a good place,” said Segarra.

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