HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Public schools in Hartford are closed but the parking lots are full courtesy of the snow emergency parking ban. The ban prohibits all on-street parking in the city. Residents can park in authorized parking areas, designated lots and public schools. Some people it’s a hike to get to their car. Hartford Resident, Raul Alicea said, “I think like 10-fifteen minutes walking but so far so good.”
Drivers are waking up extra early to scrap off ice and get the engine running. Bridges said, “I’m trying to clean off the car before I take off on the road. and it is coming down pretty heavy right now.”
Raul added, “It is taking me about ten fifteen minutes and by the time I warm the car it will be like 25 minutes total.” With so many winter blasts residents are having a hard time keeping up. Hartford Resident, Louis Myrse said, “there is so much snow it is like where are you going to put it?”
Cars parked on city streets risk getting towed. We saw a couple of cars in the street covered in snow. Tow trucks are ready to remove the cars one by one. Residents say folks learned from the last storm when over 500 cars were towed and more than 700 tickets were issued. Bridges “I guess they learned their lesson from the first time, they got their cars towed they are doing a good job now.”
Drivers say the parking ban is necessary for the plow trucks to clear the road. Myrse said, “it allows them to widen the road because if it too narrow and you have traffic coming both ways it becomes a problem.” The parking ban ends Tuesday at 6am.
Residents are ready for old winter to take a long vacation. Alicea said, “I want the summer real quick, maybe I will go back to the Caribbean.” Bridges added, “I’m ready to go to the beach, I’m ready to go to California somewhere.”