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7 things about the seasonal parking ordinance

Here are a few details to help avoid a ticket — or worse — when parking in city streets as alternate-parking restrictions go into place.

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Here are a few details to help avoid a ticket — or worse — whenparking in city streets as alternate-parking restrictions go intoplace.

1. Restrictions start at 2 a.m.

To avoid the need to move vehicles at midnight, the city’salternate-side parking restrictions start at 2 a.m., which meansdrivers can park their cars at the end of the day based onrequirements for the next day.

The restrictions end at 3 p.m. each day.

When snow falls, the 13-hour window provides plows with accessto curbs on one side of the street, with the ability to clear theother side the next day.

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2. Compare the calendar with house numbers.

The new restrictions allow parking on the even side of thestreet — the side with even house numbers — on even calendardates.

Parking on the odd side of the street on odd calendar dates.

3. Don’t bother looking at house numbers incul-de-sacs.

The ordinance revisions ban parking in the circular portions ofany cul-de-sac between Oct. 1 and May 1.

Public Works reports cul-de-sacs are challenging areas to plowdue to the lack of space to maneuver. Banning parking seeks toaddress the issue.

4. Violations will cost $25.

Fines for violating the new seasonal parking requirements are$25, with $12 going to the state as a surcharge.

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5. Restrictions are in place every day.

Alternate-side parking requirements are in place seven days aweek, including holidays.

The schedule means there are five times throughout the seasonwhere drivers will park on the same side — the odd side — of thestreet for two days in a row. They are Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Dec. 31and Jan. 1, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Feb. 29 and March 1, and March 31and April 1.

6. Not all streets face restrictions.

Alternate-side parking won’t be required on streets whereparking is limited to one side or in metered parking spaces.

However, any posted restrictions beyond the seasonal ban willremain in place.

Alternate-side parking requirements only apply to roads underthe city’s jurisdiction. They do not apply to private roads, countyroads or state roads.

7. Street sweeping also benefits.

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With trees already dropping their leaves, the alternate-sideparking restrictions are expected to increase the efficiency ofstreet sweepers, according to Rochester Public Works. The goal isto reduce the likelihood of stormwater sewers being plugged withleaves, which can cause localized flooding.

Additionally, as the end of the restrictions approach, they willalso help street sweepers remove sand and other debris that mayhave been trapped in snow along the curbs.

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