Des Moines Snow Parking Explained - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Snow Parking Explained

 By: Jason Rantala

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The city of Des Moines introduced a priority plow program a couple years ago, before expanding it last year.

For drivers, that means knowing where you can and can't park.

Des Moines Public Works says they are ready for this weekend's anticipated snow fall.

"While we never get excited for snow and ice, we do get prepared for it," said Des Moines Public Works spokesperson Pat Kozitza.

But in order for the more than 40 plows to do the job, drivers need to do theirs.

During a snow event, there's no parking on snow routes, basically all the major roads in town. Pretty simple.

But not so simple for some are those Odd-Even rules.

The rules apply to five Des Moines neighborhoods:  Carpenter, Drake, Drake Park, River Bend and Sherman Hill.

On even number days, people are to park on the even address number side of the street. It's the opposite for odd number days.

This applies between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the day of a snow event.

"The whole idea of parking off the street is that the snow plow operators have the chance to do the job that they want to do and do it well. They can get closer to the curb, they can do a better job throughout," said Kozitza.

Last year alone, Des Moines police say they issued close to 1,900 tickets to people parked on snow routes during plowing.

Cars parked along routes slow down the plows and carry an increased risk of collisions with cars. Also, if snow goes unplowed, it can harden and freeze, creating an even bigger hazard.

"When folks are parked on, especially snow routes, and even residentials once our snow plow equipment gets there, that creates a pretty big problem for them," said Sgt. Jason Halifax, Des Moines police.

For the first big snowfall, warnings will be given out, but only for residential streets.

They'll still be giving out $35 tickets on the snow routes or even towing.

Des Moines Public Works will post on their website, and Facebook and Twitter pages, alerting people ahead of time before a snow event.

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