Storm triggers snow event and parking restrictions in Idaho Falls

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The following is a news release from the city of Idaho Falls.

IDAHO FALLS — Just as snow removal crews finished up with last week’s snow removal operations, Mother Nature laid down yet another blanket of snow. The recent accumulation of snow has once again exceeded two inches (2”), which qualifies as a snow event with associated parking restrictions.

As most of the priority 1 streets are clear, crews will focus on clearing downtown and neighborhoods over the next few days.

Parking restriction are back in place, effective immediately. Vehicles should be moved off all City of Idaho Falls roadways to allow room for plows to clear the roads. Vehicles that are not moved may be subject to ticketing and/or towing. We will issue notifications when the parking restrictions are lifted. See below for more information about the timing for plowing downtown, Zone A and Zone B.

A snow event is any occurrence in which more than two inches (2”) of snow accumulates on the roadway as measured by the Idaho Transportation Department’s I-15 Idaho Falls Weather Station. The weather station is located near the junction of I-15 and US-20.

Moving vehicles off the street and encouraging neighbors to do the same is the most helpful thing community members can do during snow removal operations. Plowing narrow streets that are congested with parked vehicles is dangerous and challenging and plowing around parked cars limits the effectiveness of snow removal activities. Some narrow streets may not be plowed if equipment cannot safely drive down them.

Any vehicles parked on streets within Idaho Falls after a snow event is triggered will be subject to ticketing and towing in accordance with snow removal parking restrictions (Idaho Falls City Code 9-5).

DOWNTOWN PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Downtown will be plowed beginning at midnight on Monday, Feb. 11 until 7:00 a.m. with parking restrictions in place during that time.

ZONE A PARKING RESTRICTIONS

During a snow event, parking restrictions for streets within Zone A are as follows:

No parking on north & south streets on any even calendar day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019)
No parking on east & west streets on any odd calendar day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019)
ZONE B PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Parking restrictions for streets within Zone B (majority of the city) include no parking during a snow event, effective immediately until completion.

PRIORITY PLOWING

Priority 1, 2 and 3 streets dictate the order in which the streets are plowed:

Priority 1: Higher use arterial streets such as 17th Street, Hitt Road and Sunnyside Road.
Priority 2: Minor collector streets, including streets serving emergency response facilities and schools.
Priority 3: All streets not designated as priority 1 or 2.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND MAPS

A link to the snow removal & parking restrictions ordinance, policy, maps, zones and additional information can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE. Community members are encouraged to review the webpage and/or call the Street Division at (208) 612-8490 for questions.

COMMUNICATIONS

Snow removal parking restriction operations and updates will be reported to community members using the tools listed below. We encourage community members to subscribe to one of the above forms of communication channels to stay informed.

City website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov.
All local media outlets – television, print, radio, web.
City Facebook page.
City Twitter.
City text alerts. Text ifalerts to 91011 to subscribe.
Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with Public Works, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon at (208) 612-8122 or khammon@idahofallsidaho.gov.

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