New Haven installs lights, signs to alert drivers of parking bans

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you live in a city, it’s not always clear where you should park during or immediately after a snow storm. The City of New Haven is now trying to make that more clear to drivers by installing more than 20 blue signs and lights around major intersections downtown. One is already up at the intersection of Church and Crown Streets.

When the blue light is flashing, there’s a parking ban in place and you can call the number listed on the sign for more information. The calls go to the city’s Traffic Operations Center.

This is the first system like this in Connecticut. The hope is it’ll help people avoid confusion, and getting towed.

“When there’s a parking ban in effect the snow emergency routes, you’re not allowed to park on either side,” said Doug Hausladen, Director of Transportation, Traffic and Parking for New Haven. “The entire downtown is a snow emergency route. The reason is we need to get the snow off the ground, plowed to the curb so people can get back to work the next day.”

Crews will be installing the rest of the lights and signs this week. The city is hoping to put more up each year.

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