Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire plow crews say upcoming parking restrictions will make their jobs easier this winter.
On Tuesday night, Eau Claire City Council members approved the return of the city’s old alternate-side parking rules in an 8 to 1 vote.
In 2014, the city passed the current ordinance which required the Community Services Department to issue a Snow Event notice.
Once declared, alternate-side parking was in effect between midnight and 5 p.m. for 72 hours.
Tuesday, the council voted to return to the old parking rules.
Now, alternate-side parking will be in effect every day from November 1 through May 1.
City officials said this will help snowplow drivers clear at least one side of the road, versus the 2014 rule when people were unsure if a snow event was in effect.
“We did not have enough time to widen the streets and keep them widened for the safety of the public to travel on it and also to get out plows through, school buses through, and them emergency vehicles if they were required,” said Community Services Director Jeff Pippenger.
With the change, people will again be required to park on the even side of the road on even nights and on odd sides on odd nights every day from midnight to 7 a.m. from November 1 to May 1.
Pippenger said these dates are flexible depending on the year’s snowfall, meaning the start and end dates could be delayed or extended based on the weather.
Drivers who park on the wrong side could receive a $30 a ticket.
News 18 also reached out to the Eau Claire Police Department to ask how the rule changes impact enforcement. They said, “We are formulating a strategy for how to best implement the council’s decision with the least amount of disruption to our citizens.”