SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION The City of Rockford Public Works Department has declared a Citywide Snow Emergency beginning today, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM.
The Odd/Even Parking will be in effect until the Public Works Department deems it is no longer necessary.
Updates to the Snow Emergency will be provided at appropriate times thoughout the remainder of the storm. Street Division employees are salting residential streets at this time. Contractors will begin plowing residential streets this evening, Saturday, December 17, 2016.
Decisions about further deployment will be made as needed. The City of Rockford or its contractors are NOT responsible for plowing alley ways.
The Odd/Even Parking is in effect so that the plows can safely go down the streets. The next day when the parking changes to the other side of the street, the plows may or may not return to clear the other side. If at all possible, please remove your vehicle from the street.
If Unable to, please observe the Odd/Even Parking.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CAR IS PARKED?
Effective as of 5:00 PM today, December 17, 2016, cars should be parked on the odd numbered side of the street.
As of 8:00 AM tomorrow, December 18, 2016, cars are to be parked on the even numbered side of the street.
Cars parked in violation of the Odd/Even Parking will be ticketed.
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WHAT DOES THE ODD/EVEN PARKING MEAN TO ME?
In order for our crews to remove snow and ice from city streets, we must have the ability to safely and effectively maneuver a plow up and down our streets. If a snow or ice storm reaches the point that streets are becoming difficult to clear, city officials can declare a Snow Emergency.
A Snow Emergency requires that vehicles be parked 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, you would park on the odd side of the street.
Police will issue parking tickets at the cost of $50.00 to vehicles that are parked on the wrong side of the street. It’s safe to assume that if it’s snowing the Odd/Even Parking is in effect.
The residential area between 20th St. west to Kishwaukee St., Harrison Avenue north to Rural St. has been problematic for the City Crews to plow during past storms, due to vehicles parked on both sides of the street. We would encourage citizens in this area to move their vehicles either off the street or to the appropriate side of the street as specified by the odd/even parking.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
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 END OF YOUR DRIVEWAY-The City’s crews and contractors use side discharge plows. As the plows move forward, snow moves along the blade from the left to the right. The discharge from the blade is deposited along the curb or in the grass boulevard on the city right of way. This discharge, officially known as a “windrow”, ends up leaving a relatively small amount of snow in driveway approaches along the route. While we understand the aggravation this can cause, this natural result of plowing is unavoidable.
YOUR MAILBOX- The goal of the Street Maintenance Department is to clear the streets for travel. No matter how hard we try, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions for your mail carrier. Final clearing adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident. o
“Letter carriers cannot make door or curb deliveries when the approach to the mailbox is hazardous because of snow or ice. Carriers are not allowed to attempt door delivery when there is a heavy buildup of snow and ice on sidewalks, steps or porches.
Ice is particularly dangerous on steps and any walking surface, especially painted wood or concrete, such as stoops and porches. When there’s a warm spell, and the melting snow runs or pools, a quick freeze can make a cleared sidewalk or driveway even slicker. That’s why sand or salt is recommended even after a storm is over.
Residences with mail delivery along the side of the road need to keep the mailbox in mind when clearing driveways and entrances. Snow should be cleared to the curb for at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox so the carrier may approach and leave without backing up or exiting a vehicle.”
If you have any further questions, please contact our Street Superintendent, Mark Stockman, at (779) 348-7260 or by email at Mark.Stockman@rockfordil.gov