“Don’t want my car towed:” 4+ inches of snow means special rules for parking in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Crews worked non-stop to clear the snow we saw fall across southeastern Wisconsin beginning Saturday, December 10th and continuing through Sunday, December 11th -- and because more than four inches of snow fell in Milwaukee, there were special rules in effect related to parking.

Cleaning up snow in Milwaukee on Sunday, December 11th

Officials with the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works said there were close to 300 trucks on the roads throughout the day Sunday.

Those who park on the street should keep some things in mind -- to avoid a ticket and tow.

"I love to shovel! I just love to shovel snow," Patricia Monroe said.

Some on Milwaukee's East Side Sunday had some fun with the clean-up process.

Cleaning up snow in Milwaukee on Sunday, December 11th

"It`s just beautiful! I took a walk earlier and made a snow angel," Martha Wasserman said.

Monroe said she had been waiting for our first significant snowfall -- but she made sure to do something important on Sunday.

"I do not want another ticket and I do not want my car towed again," Monroe said.

Cleaning up snow in Milwaukee on Sunday, December 11th

DPW officials announced an overnight snow removal operation for the city -- activating the "Four-Inch Rule." 

Certain residential streets are posted “No Parking When Snow Falls 4 Inches or More.”

Cleaning up snow in Milwaukee on Sunday, December 11th

Parking is allowed on both sides of the street, except when snow has accumulated on the street surface to the depth of four inches or more. Then, no parking is allowed on the side of the street where the sign is posted until the snow has been removed — day or night or at any time of the year.

"If you see a Four-Inch Rule sign, you cannot park on that side of the street. All the other parking restrictions are still enforced," Laura Daniels with the DPW said.

On "48-Hour Exception" streets, drivers must park on the odd numbered side of the street Sunday night by 11:00 p.m. and on the even side of the street by 11:00 p.m. Monday.

Cleaning up snow in Milwaukee on Sunday, December 11th

"So this is the odd side night," Martha Wasserman said.

Drivers are encouraged to check posted street signs for parking rules. Restrictions posted on those signs should be followed.

Cleaning up snow in Milwaukee on Sunday, December 11th

Cleaning up snow in Milwaukee on Sunday, December 11th

Don't see a sign? You can check specific street regulations HERE.

Below is the latest update from DPW officials, as of 9:30 p.m. Sunday:

  • DPW did a  “roll over” to a fresh shift of plow drivers at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday night
  • These plows will continue to clear main and side streets that need attention
  • 11:00 p.m.: Plows and salt trucks will move onto parking exception streets to plow the “empty” or “freed up” sides of these streets
  • End loaders will re-address cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets, and then move to clear median cross-overs and turn lanes
  • Sidewalk and bus stop crews will deploy on Monday morning, December 12
  • Garbage trucks with mounted plows will return on Monday morning to clean up side streets
  • There will be limited garbage and recycling collections on Monday, December 12
  • DPW continues to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions

1 Comment

  • Metal Maniac

    100% don’t miss that. Living on the East Side we only had street parking for our apartment. So if there was even a chance of snow you had to stay up late and wake up early and hope that they didn’t enforce the rule while you are asleep at 2AM or say buh bye car.

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