Steamboat Springs The city's winter parking ordinance went into effect Thursday, prohibiting motorists from parking along city streets overnight in an effort to help snow removal.
Steamboat Springs Public Works Director Jim Weber said that with 68 miles of streets, more than five miles of alleys, 23 parking lots and 105 cul-de-sacs, city employees have little time to waste working around vehicles blocking snowplows.
"We've already had two big snowfalls, and we brought out the plows once," Weber said Thursday. "But we are not going to be towing people right away. We'll be issuing warnings, but once that snow starts to fall, you will be towed if we have to plow."
Weber said the city is preparing to mail about 12,500 brochures explaining snow removal, winter parking restrictions and other winter motoring concerns.
"The majority of the snow plowing begins at 2 a.m., so by the time people get up, all the streets have been plowed at least one time," he said.
Motorists may not park along Lincoln Avenue or Ski Time Square from 3 to 6 a.m. or along Anglers Drive south to the city limits from midnight to 8 a.m. Parking in all other areas is restricted from 2 to 8 a.m.
The parking restrictions will be enforced through April 30.
The winter tip pamphlet also reminds homeowners that they are responsible for maintaining their own driveways and parking areas.
"It's too bad that snow must be pushed off the street by the plows and into the driveways," Weber said. "There is no other choice."
Pushing snow back into the roadway is unlawful, Weber added, as doing so may result in dangerous road obstacles for motorists.
Garbage containers placed too close to the street also may be damaged by snow plowing.
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