Please be advised that the municipal overnight winter parking ban will continue to be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. overnight to allow crews to continue clearing the streets and sidewalks of the snow and ice from today’s storm.
Main arterial and bus routes have been and are continuing to be plowed, but blowing snow has resulted in them remaining snow covered at this time. They are passable with caution this morning, but motorists are advised that they may encounter white out conditions.
Residential streets are snow covered at this time with operations beginning to provide temporary plowed travel lanes for emergency vehicle and resident access. These streets will be completed once snowfall has ceased. These access lanes are only temporary.
Sidewalks: Pedestrians need to use caution this morning due to blowing snow and poor visibility. Please wear bright/ reflective/ high-visibility clothing so you can be seen by motorists and snow clearing crews. Operations will continue throughout today and tonight until completed as our latest forecast is still showing additional snow and ice pellets.
Vehicles must be off municipal streets during the hours noted above. Residents are also reminded that in addition to the overnight parking ban, Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act states that tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time, day or night, if they are parked in a manner that interferes with snow clearing.
To help ensure the streets are properly cleared, the municipality has stepped up its winter parking enforcement in areas around hospitals and schools, bus routes and problem streets for snow equipment and emergency vehicles.
Planters, lawn decorations and any other portable objects near the sidewalk should be removed before the winter. Items like sports equipment that may still be used should be safely stored when bad weather is in the forecast. Any permanent structures or objects too big to move should be marked with a reflector that will be visible above the snow to help crews identify obstacles.
Officers will be ticketing vehicles obstructing sidewalk clearing. Vehicles hanging out of a driveway or parked on the sidewalk are prone to damage and become a dangerous obstacle for crews. Such obstacles prevent crews from clearing the sidewalks properly, which can quickly become an accessibility issue for pedestrians, including seniors, people with mobility issues and parents pushing strollers.
Important reminder to all property owners: Never clear snow from your property onto the street or sidewalk. Property owners must ensure the snow they clear is piled on their own property. It is against By-Law S-300 to throw or pile snow in the street or on the sidewalk. This is a serious problem that can cause safety issues for pedestrians and other users as it complicates clearing for crews. The municipality has enhanced enforcement in place to address non-compliance with the By-Law.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until Mar. 31, 2018. The easiest way to stay informed is to register for automated notifications by signing up online at https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/winter-operations/service-updates/parking-ban, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 311. Subscribers will receive timely alerts by phone, email, and/or text message when the ban is in effect and again when it is lifted. Residents who received these notifications last winter will continue to receive the service this year. Standard text messaging rates apply.
Think before you park this winter – it will help make the season a little easier on everyone.
For more information on municipal winter operations, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow.