Snow route parking ban lifted, but winter storm may be on its way

Feb 5 2018, 11:31 pm

We’ve weathered the first storm, Calgary.

The snow route parking ban that came into effect on Monday  was finally lifted as of Wednesday morning, a full day sooner than previously expected, according to a release from the City.

When the ban went into place at 9 am on Monday morning, the City of Calgary warned residents that it could take up to 72 hours for all necessary roads to be cleared.

Now, the City is stating that the ban was lifted at 7 am on Wednesday, February 7, and drivers will once again be able to park in all their favourite spots.

The speedy bounce-back is due in part to Calgarians’ cooperation during the days that the ban was in effect.

“These parking restrictions have helped us remove the snow from major traffic routes more effectively,” said Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch in the release.

“Crews can now start snow operations on residential routes sooner. This benefits all Calgarians and helps make travel safer for everyone during the winter months.”

The release does warn residents that another snow route parking ban may come into effect if the city sees another significant snowfall, which could be sooner than expected.

Environment Canada issued a winter storm watch on Wednesday morning, warning Calgarians that the city could see up to 35 cm of snow by Friday evening.

Fingers crossed that we don’t have another parking ban on our hands, but it’s clear that we aren’t out of the woods quite yet.

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