Parking rules for winter start Friday

By Daily Press Staff

Winter parking restrictions will be in place in both Escanaba and Gladstone beginning Friday and will remain in effect through March of 2018, according to city officials.

Escanaba Public Safety Director Rob LaMarche explained parking restrictions are put in place each year to expedite the movement of fire equipment and emergency vehicles, as well as improve flow of traffic and parking during the winter months.

The parking restrictions also help public works employees plow the streets more efficiently.

During December, January, February and March, parking will be restricted to one side of every street and avenue within the Escanaba city limits from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. in accordance with the schedule listed below:

– Parking will be allowed only on the west side of all streets.

– Parking will be allowed only on the north side of all avenues.

– No vehicle shall be parked for a period longer than one half hour on any street or avenue within the confines of the city between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. unless otherwise indicated by signage during the months of December, January, February and March.

– On Ludington Street and the 100 blocks off Ludington Street, parking will be allowed on both sides of the street with the exception of South 15th Street, South 16th Street, South 17th Street, South 18th Street, South 19th Street and South 22nd Street.

– Parking will be allowed on the east side of the street in the following business districts: the 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 blocks of Stephenson Avenue and the 1400, 1500, and 1600 blocks of Sheridan Road.

– Parking will be allowed overnight, on both sides of the street, in the 200 block of Ludington Street.

– Parking will be allowed overnight within the median of the 100 block of South 3rd Street.

– Parking will be allowed overnight in the 100 block of South 5th Street, on the west side of the street, pursuant to a permit issued by the city clerk’s office.

-The issuance of a traffic ticket or notice of violation by a public safety officer in the city shall be deemed an allegation of a parking violation.

The Escanaba Public Safety Department suggests motorists keep this notice in their automobile for future reference this winter.

Gladstone winter parking restrictions also begin Friday and will continue to be in effect until April 1, 2018. During this time, no parking is allowed at any time on the south side of any avenue or on the west side of any street within the city.

In addition, no overnight parking is permitted on either side of the avenues or streets between the hours of 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.

Certain areas of the city are considered tow-away zones during the overnight period between 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. These roadways include: Delta Avenue from 6th Street to 14th Street, 8th Street from Superior Avenue to Minnesota Avenue, 9th Street from Superior Avenue to Minnesota Avenue, 10th Street from Superior Avenue to Lake Shore Drive, and 11th Street from Superior Avenue to Minnesota Avenue. Violations will result in a parking ticket being issued with a fine of $20 per violation plus the cost of any towing expense.

The city also does not permit parking from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on school days during the winter parking restriction period in the 300 and 400 blocks of 10th Street, which extends from Michigan Avenue to Montana Avenue. Vehicles in violation of this restriction will receive a ticket with a $20 fine.

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