West Hartford imposes parking ban ahead of first expected snowfall of season – We-Ha

A parking ban comes into effect on Sunday and snow is expected to start falling in the afternoon.

By Ronnie Newton

The West Hartford Department of Public Works announced Sunday morning that a parking ban will come into effect at 5 p.m. Sunday and will remain in effect until Monday.

In a Twitter announcement, officials said that during this time parking will not be permitted in school parking lots.

Public Works Manager John Phillips said based on the current forecast, he expects 3 to 5 inches of snow. Although it is not the decision of the Department of Public Works to make, they want to ensure that parking on school grounds will be available from the morning for staff, students and parents if schools can open in the morning. hour or with a delay.

Residents can use parking lots at neighborhood parks, and garages and municipal land are available, with applicable fees.

The National Weather Service predicts snow will start falling around 3 p.m. Sunday and continue overnight. A winter weather advisory went into effect Sunday at 10 a.m. and will remain in effect until 7 a.m. on Monday, December 12. The sun is expected to rise later Monday, after the morning cloudiness.

As a reminder, here are the protocols related to snow and parking bans for the City of West Hartford.

Parking ban

Parking bans are needed to keep roads clear of vehicles so Public Works crews can clear snow from curb to curb, and cars parked on the road create safety hazards.

Owners who violate the parking ban will be fined and the car may be towed.

During a parking ban, residents may park in off-street lots. School grounds may only be used when specifically directed by Public Works, and that is usually when schools are expected to be closed.

Those using surface lots are asked to park alongside other cars – rather than leaving parking spaces between them – to help Public Works effectively clear these areas.

Regular fees will be in effect on municipal grounds and parking garages.

Motorists can register their plates using one of the kiosks inside a parking garage or can use the Flowbird or Passport Parking mobile app.

Enforcement

Cars left parked on the street during a parking ban will be ticketed and may be towed. West Hartford Police will assist Public Works in keeping the roads clear of illegally parked vehicles.

Snow removal contractors are reminded not to push snow from driveways and private parking lots onto the street.

Sidewalks

Per city ordinance, West Hartford property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalk along their property within 12 hours of the storm or sunrise, whichever is later. Residents are required to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

It is especially important to keep busy sidewalks – those near schools, public buildings and commercial areas – free and clear. Snow removal violations should be reported to the West Hartford Police Department at 860-523-5203.

Garbage collection

Garbage and recycling collection by Paine’s Inc. should be on schedule.

Fire hydrants

Residents are also asked to assist the West Hartford Fire Department and keep the community safe by shoveling the area around fire hydrants.

Check back to We-Ha.com regularly for updates and news related to the storm.

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