City snow crews poised for storms ANNA BLOOM Of the Record staff
Especially in cul-de-sacs, when cars are packed two feet under snow, Park City operations manager Pace Erickson says parked cars can be trouble for snowplows. Often, those streets are left unplowed, but leaving snow on main arteries like Main Street and Park Ave. is not an option during the busy winter season. Erickson reports he will work more closely with the Park City Police Department to ensure that residents and visitors are warned in advance of snow removal.
Kirk notes the winter seasonal regulations went into effect Nov. 1 and will continue through April 30. There is a $30 fine for parking any vehicle on Heber Ave., Main Street or Swede Alley surface parking between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. during those winter months, since those areas are necessary to help to facilitate snow removal.
During the winter months, municipal codes state it is against the law and vehicles can be impounded — to park any vehicle in a manner that obstructs snow removal by failing to leave adequate room for plows and other snow removal equipment.
The city also has the ability to declare a snow emergency during periods of four inches or more of snow accumulation, according to the special winter limitations code.
"When snow hits, the city has the authority to declare a snow emergency and has the authority to declare no parking at all for that period of time," Kirk says.
Snow emergencies are communicated through electric city street signs, but most people hear about them through media outlets, Kirk explained.
Erikson says during the daytime in winter, at least five crewmembers work to ensure city streets are cleared in Old Town, Deer Valley, Prospector and Aerie Drive, Park Meadows and Thaynes Canyon.
Crews stay tuned into a website that keeps track of real-time weather, so they can anticipate approximately when a storm will hit, Erickson explained. City crews also keep track of the ground temperatures, since ice forms on streets when ground temperatures and air temperatures match.
But typically, crews don’t need to rely on gadgets. "A lot of times, we have staff so experienced in snow removal, they just know when it’s going to statrt to get icy and that’s when we start applying salt," Erickson said.
Erickson advises residents to move their trash cans and recycling bins and for those in town watch for signs this winter, especially up in Old Town, Upper Park Ave., and Daly Ave.
"If you remember last year’s big January storm, there were so many cars parked on the street, we literally couldn’t get in there and clean things up," he said. "The critical thing with parking is just to get out of the way during a storm."
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