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Snow route parking ban tonight

The city has declared a snow route parking ban for tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 13, and a Snow Emergency for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 14 and 15.

Community members are requested to park their cars accordingly so the city can proceed with snow removal. Emergency sirens will sound to alert community members to move their cars.

Public Works Director David Jennings says the sirens will be sounded at 8:15 this evening to alert people of the snow route parking ban and at 7:15 am and 12:15 pm tomorrow and Thursday to alert people of the snow emergency on those days.
"We are using 15 minutes past the hour to avoid confusion with Skokie’s sirens," which typically are sounded on the hour," Mr. Jennings says.

"This is a difficult snow due to the blowing and drifting conditions," he added, "Even so, we have begun to plow the travel lane of most residential streets. We have 22 trucks plowing and salting around the clock." 

Please remember to keep your sidewalks clear – regulations require snow and ice removal within 24 hours of a 4-inch snow. This is especially important so that access is provided for the elderly and disabled.

During the parking ban tonight, main thoroughfares in Evanston designated as snow routes will be cleared first, and parking is illegal on these streets between 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Even if plows have been through, snow removal operations may require return visits by City trucks. The fine for violating the Snow Route Parking ban is $50 plus towing and storage charges.

When community members move their cars to nearby side streets, they are reminded to follow the snow clearing regulations for that side street.

The city snow emergency will be in effect between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15. Snow emergencies apply to streets with parking on both sides which are not posted as snow routes.

Parking is not allowed on the even-numbered sides of the street on February 14; vehicles must park on the odd number sides of the streets. Parking is not allowed on the odd-numbered sides of the street on February 15; vehicles must park on the even number side of the streets. 

Cars parked illegally during snow route parking bans and snow emergencies are subject to ticketing and towing.

Most streets with parking on one side only now have permanent "ODD date" or "EVEN date" signs that allow them to be plowed during snow emergencies.

Inquiries or complaints about snow removal should be directed to Streets and Sanitation, (847) 866-2940, or publicworks@cityofevanston.org.

For updates on Evanston's snow situation, check Evanston Now, listen to the city radio station at AM1650, turn on Cable Channel 16, visit the City's web site, or call (847) 864-SNOW.

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