Hey Owatonna, today is the day! Pam Roberts and I believe Andrew Drenth stopped by the KRFO AM studio yesterday to come on Talk of the Town to remind you that winter parking restrictions in Owatonna start today!

Pam and Andrew shared that yes, as of 12:01 am last night the parking restrictions of Owatonna have gone into effect and will be here through March 31. These restrictions facilitate effective snow removal and allow crews to perform other street maintenance.

street parking is only allowed on alternating sides of the street every night between 12:01 a.m. and noon, regardless of the weather. On even-numbered calendar dates, vehicles may park on the sides of streets with even-numbered addresses. On odd-numbered calendar dates, vehicles may park on the sides of streets with odd-numbered addresses.

One thing the city notes is that:

Between noon and midnight, the winter parking restrictions are not in effect. Therefore, parking is allowed on both sides of the street (unless otherwise marked). At 12:01 a.m., parking is only allowed on the side of the street that corresponds with the calendar date. Anticipating the date change at 12:01 a.m., there’s no need to move from one side of the street to the other at midnight. Instead, park prior to midnight on the side of the street that corresponds with the next day’s date. Keep in mind December and January both end and begin with odd dates – the 31st and the 1st. Parking restrictions are enforced nightly from November 15 through March 31 regardless of weather conditions.

Vehicles parked in violation of the winter parking restrictions may be ticketed or towed.

The City’s easy-to-use Winter Parking Map app shows where to park during winter months. The app is available on the City of Owatonna’s website Owatonna.gov, search for “Public & Winter Parking.”

Pam and Andrew did note that these restrictions do not apply to streets with the following:

where parking is limited to one side, cul-de-sac’s with both even and odd house numbers, or streets with more restrictive parking requirements such as those in the downtown area. City parking lots in the downtown area can be used at no charge within the year-round parking restrictions as shown on signs in those lots. Watch for signs in lots stating parking restrictions. Restrictions also exclude street parking within two blocks of religious facilities for regularly scheduled weekend services, holiday services, funerals, and weddings. Street parking in these areas is allowed one hour prior to and one hour after the scheduled service times or events.

See The Downtown Public Parking Map. All additional information is available at Owatonna.gov for you!

Information is credited to the release statement from the city of Owatonna, owatonna.gov, as well as Pam Roberts and Andrew Drenth of the Police Department of Owatonna.

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