South Bend considers new winter parking restrictions

South Bend, Ind. South Bend Department of Public Works is considering a change to the winter weather parking restrictions as snow banks continue to grow after a new round of snow.

The new restrictions would mean residents could only park on the odd side of the street on odd days and the even side of the street on even days.

“We’re waiting for the official nod to go forward with it on Thursday,” said Director of Streets Paul South who has submitted the plan to the Mayor’s office. “As the snow piles continue to accumulate and get bigger, wider, were losing width as were having cars parked on both sides of the street. We can’t get plows down the street safely and we certainly don't want to damage property.

The Bureau of Streets is also asking that residents report particularly dangerous intersections, where snow banks significantly obstruct the view of a stop sign or oncoming traffic, for example. Concerned drivers should report the areas by calling 311.

“We’ll go out and take a look,” South said. “We ask people to be more careful when you approach those intersections.”

The city is also asking that residents not push the snow from their driveways into the street because it significantly hampers the progress of plows.

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