Winter Parking Ban Annual Reminder Issued by City

Sand Box for Public Use During Winter Driving Season Placed in Front of Cummings Center, Congress Street

By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,042)

The snow will be coming sometime and with that in mind, Portland recently issues its annual winter parking press release.

A city-wide parking ban is called when weather impacts the city’s ability to carry out its winter storm operations and ensure that roads are safe for travel. When a parking ban is declared, all vehicles must be off city streets by 10:00 pm until 6:00 am the following day (times may vary depending upon the severity of the weather). Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense (towfee – $70, impound fee – $35. ticket cost – $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid. Vehicles will be towed to the city’s impound lot lcoated at the Ocean Gateway International Marine Terminal at 40 C ommercial Street (phone number 774-3025). At the end of the day following a parking ban,u nclaimed vehicles will be towed to private tow company lots and storage fees of $25. per day will accrue.

There are a number of places people can park at no charge during a parking ban. The locations most convenient for Hill residents include: Parking lots on Munjoy and Wilson Streets, formerly known as the Adams School, Cutter Street lots (off the Eaastern Prom), lot across the street from the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street (corner of Park and Commercial Streets), all Portland Public School lots EXCEPT the lot at Reiche School which abuts the school and playground, and many parking gagares in the area are open for parking bans at reduced rates – check with individual garages for rates and hours.

Vehicles can begin to park in these designated areas at 5:00pm the night a parking ban is declared. Vehicles must be removed from the city lots by 7 am the morning the ban is lifted.

The public can sign up online at wwwlportlandmaine.gov to receive email notices from the city when a city-wide parking ban is implemented. People can also get parking ban updaates by either becoming a fan of Portland Cityline at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-Cityline/89975485748?v=wall&viewsas=1348184770. Motorists can also call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300 or check the Time and Temperature signfor up-to-date postings.