Friday, March 27, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice; however, residents are reminded not to park on narrowed streets, as it may block access for emergency vehicles and other traffic.
Crews have made significant progress over the past 10 days clearing and widening streets across the Halifax region. Warmer temperatures, fog and rain over the past few days have also helped to melt the snow and shrink the snow banks.
At this time, all the streets on the list of priority work for Halifax Transit, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, EHS and other agencies have been addressed. Work is continuing on residential streets, as well as curb cuts and intersections, to further improve mobility and visibility.
That work does not currently require the overnight parking ban to be enforced. Operations staff will re-evaluate the situation every morning until the end of the season to decide whether the overnight ban is needed each night.
Current weather forecasts are calling for less snow than originally anticipated overnight tonight. The snow is now expected to start around daybreak on Saturday, with some areas getting up to 10 centimetres. Crews will be out salting and plowing as the snow starts to fall.
Typically, the overnight parking ban is in effect until March 31, and enforced only during bad weather and snow removal operations; however, the municipality has the ability to extend the overnight parking ban regulations until April 15, if winter conditions persist.
The municipal Traffic Authority has taken the step this season to extend the regulations. That means the overnight ban may be enforced past March 31, if it’s needed.
The municipality would like to thank residents for their patience and continued cooperation over the past couple of months. It has been a difficult winter season but your help to find off-street parking has made it safer and easier for crews to clear the streets.
For more information on municipal winter operations, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow.