January 25, 2023
The City of Saint Paul does not plan to declare a one-sided parking ban at this time. Our streets are snow packed and narrowing; however, Saint Paul Public Works continues to closely monitor them and work to keep our arterial streets clear in the drive lanes and widen our residential streets to keep them safe and passible.
“We do not need to do a citywide one-sided parking ban – yet,” cautioned Sean Kershaw, Saint Paul Public Works Director. “We continue to work on the residential streets to keep them safe and passible for our emergency vehicles and school buses. The recent snow emergency declaration gave us some needed width on our streets in many areas, but also exposed the ice pack which has other challenges for all types of mobility on our streets.”
The City declared its 5th snow emergency in 8 weeks on January 19, 2023. During this citywide snow emergency, Public Works crews were able to regain some needed width on many residential streets. The majority of Saint Paul’s arterial (main) streets have drive lanes cleared to the pavement. There is some narrowing in the parking and bike lanes, and Public Works will continue to clear them where possible.
Saint Paul Public Works is working closely with Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul Fire Department, and Saint Paul Police Department to prioritize residential street work in the areas causing the most challenges for safety and accessibility, including school bus loading zones. Public Works will focus snow removal efforts on some of the narrowest streets throughout the city using heavy equipment, including two graders, to break up the ice pack and widen the streets where possible.
“We realize that on-street parking is a necessity for tens of thousands of Saint Paul residents,” said Kershaw. “A one-sided parking ban would make tough parking situations even harder for everyone, but we advise people to start exploring any alternative parking options in your neighborhood now.”
If the City receives additional snow accumulation or is unable to widen residential streets to keep them safe and passible for emergency vehicles, Public Works may post no parking signs on one side of the street in certain areas, and/or declare a citywide one-sided parking ban in the future.
To report concerns about street conditions, please call and leave a detailed message at 651-266-9700, select option 2. Sign up for snow emergency or operations alerts, including texts and emails below on this webpage.