2019 WINTER WEATHER

Cedar Rapids declares snow emergency

Trucks with plows are loaded up with salt and sand at the Cedar Rapids city streets complex in this 2012 photo. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Trucks with plows are loaded up with salt and sand at the Cedar Rapids city streets complex in this 2012 photo. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The city of Cedar Rapids declared a snow emergency Tuesday morning, effective through 5 p.m. Thursday.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, the city said, “Cars should not be parked on emergency snow routes. Vehicles parked on designated snow routes after a Snow Emergency has been declared may be ticketed and/or towed.”

It noted snow routes are designated with signs, and are located near hospitals and schools, and serve as transit routes.

A list of emergency snow routes can be found on the city’s website at cedar-rapids.org.

“Residents are asked to follow the odd/even parking rule in residential neighborhoods” through 5 p.m. Thursday, the statement said. “Park on the odd-address side of the street on odd calendar days; park on the even-address side of the street on even calendar days.

“This does not apply to emergency snow routes, parking-metered areas or any street where the alternate side parking rule would conflict with permanently posted parking restrictions. The odd/even parking rule provides snow plow operators with enough room to safely and efficiently plow residential areas, where on-street parking is common.”

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