New Haven imposes weeklong parking ban - WFSB 3 Connecticut

New Haven imposes weeklong parking ban

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The city of New Haven started a massive snow removal operation and imposed a week-long parking ban to assist in the effort.

The ban began Monday at 9 a.m. and continues through Sunday.

City officials said this was a large-scale cleanup effort after all of the snow the city has seen. They said there's been nowhere to put it.

"Everyone is looking for a place to park. It becomes a challenge," said New Haven resident Rashad Williams. "It's a hassle and we're not used to it, but you make do."

Plows that have been clearing the roads have had no choice but to just push all of the snow to the sides of the roads. Snowbanks have been piling up and cars are covered.

Monday, crews said they targeted 39 streets that were dubbed high priority.

All cars that were parked on the roads had to move before 9 a.m. Monday. Public school parking lots were available for parking because they were on break for the week.

"We'll try not to be a nuisance for them, but we need to get it done so they can park," said David Lawlor of New Haven public works. "People can get down the street, emergency personnel can get down the streets."

Drivers were worried that they would not be able to find a spot in those lots because the ban is a week long.

Drew Kordik said, "Between the last two snows, we were parked on like an 8-inch block of ice, and then we got like a foot of snow on top of it."

"It's like $13 to park in a parking garage," according to Kordik.

The alternative for staying put was to face having the vehicle towed and an $88 fine.

"I can't wait for this winter to be over with," said AJ Lomax of New Haven.

Public works officials said the extra snow was being dumped in land near the New Haven Police Academy.

If you live in New Haven and are looking for a place to park, you can look at the available off-street parking that the city of New Haven has put on its website: http://bit.ly/1dAKF0Z.

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