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Hartford Mayor Activating 12-Hour Snow Parking Ban this Weekend

January 18, 2019 - 8:39 pm
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Hartford, Conn. (WTIC) - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin is activating a 12-hour snow parking ban in anticipation of severe winter weather headed to Connecticut this weekend.

This marks the first snow parking ban of the year, which is activated anytime the forecast anticipates up to four inches of snow.  Mayor Bronin says Hartford is expecting eight inches of snow, so the ban will begin midnight Saturday and conclude Sunday at noon.

Additionally, the Willie Ware Center at 697 Windsor Street will be open from 7 p.m. Saturday, through noon on Wednesday (January 23rd).  However, with colder weather expected even after the snowfall, the warming center may be open longer as needed.

To notify the public of the parking ban, 16 major intersections will be illuminated with blue light beginning six hours before the ban and will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban. 

During a snow parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford.  Any vehicles not removed from city streets by the start of the ban will be ticketed and towed.  Residents without access to off-street parking can move their vehicles to an authorized parking area.

Mayor Bronin says the City is opening all authorized lots, which includes Blue Light Lots, City Parks, Recreation/Senior Centers and Hartford Public Schools parking lots.  The full list of authorized lots can be found on the City's Facebook page or at www.hartford.gov.

There will be 11 Blue Light Lots, which are dedicated solely for use during snow parking bans.  After the ban has been lifted, vehicles must be removed from the Blue Light Lots within four hours.  Those parking at Hartford Public Schools lots, however, must remove their vehicles two hours following the completion of the ban.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at www.hartford.gov/emergency-services.

Mayor Bronin stressed the importance of snow parking bans because it helps keep residents and clean up crews safe during inclement winter weather.

"There's a lot of tight, narrow streets in the city and there's a lot of places where folks don't have off-street parking," said Mayor Bronin.  "So it's really important that people move their cars to one of our snow lots.  Clearing the streets is critical if our DPW team is going to be able to do their job quickly, effectively and safely, so we depend on everybody honoring that parking ban."