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Parking ban lifted, but residential blading continues
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Monday, November 12, 2012 10:48AM MST
Last Updated Monday, November 12, 2012 7:11PM MST
Although the three-day seasonal parking ban was lifted Sunday evening, crews are turning their attention to residential streets.
Officials said Bylaw Enforcement officers issued 626 parking tickets to drivers, about a third of the 1,863 tickets handed out during the last seasonal parking ban in February.
In turn, 36 vehicles were towed – down from the 147.
“We called for a lot more [tow trucks] than that, but by the time the trucks got there the vehicles were gone,” Parking enforcement coordinator Erin Blaine said. “The trucks were busy with other EPS issues.”
As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the seasonal parking ban was lifted. However, crews are still planning to clear residential streets.
“This is to maintain a level snowpack,” City of Edmonton Director of Roadway Maintenance Bob Dunford said. “To get [the snowpack] down below 5 centimetres.
“This is a 24 hour operation, so they will be going around the clock.”
Crews began clearing snow on residential streets in certain neighbourhoods at 7 am Monday – the work has been scheduled to continue until Friday.
While no official parking ban is in place during the blading, the city has asked Edmontonians to move their vehicles, or parking off the street if they can.
“We appreciate if they do,” Dunford said. “It makes it easier for us; we can get through the neighbourhood faster and do a better job, get curb-to-curb on it.”
It's hoped about 60 neighbourhoods will be cleared each day.
The full schedule of neighbourhood blading can be found online.
With files from Sean Amato