UPDATE: City of Rockford Cancels Snow Emergency
The City of Rockford has cancelled the citywide snow emergency that was announced earlier today (1/25/2022.) This means that parking regulations will be in effect, with the odd side of the street designated for parking today at 6:00 PM, and the even side of the street designated for parking tomorrow at 8:00 AM. The snow emergency will remain in effect until the public works department deems it is no longer necessary.
The main goal of the snow emergency is to allow city crews to effectively and safely remove snow and ice from city streets. The odd/even parking regulation is put in place to ensure that plows can maneuver up and down streets without difficulty. If a snow or ice storm reaches a point where streets are becoming difficult to clear, city officials may declare a snow emergency.
During a snow emergency, residents are required to park their vehicles on the odd side of the street when the date ends in an odd number and on the even side of the street when the date ends on an even number. For example, on January 5th, residents would park on the odd side of the street. If the snow emergency carries into the next day, at 8:00 AM, vehicles must be moved to the even side of the street.
It's important to note that failure to comply with the odd/even parking regulation can result in a parking ticket, which carries a cost of $60.00. Additionally, the residential area between 20th St. west to Kishwaukee St., Harrison Avenue north to Rural St. has historically been problematic for city crews to plow during past storms due to vehicles parked on both sides of the street. Therefore, residents 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 regulation.
There are a few important points to remember during a snow emergency:
- 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.
- The City of Rockford or its contractors are not responsible for plowing alley ways.
For any questions or concerns, residents can contact Mitch Leatherby at (779) 348-7631 or Kyle Saunders at (779) 348-7371.
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