“Keep extra distance… go slow:” City of Milwaukee officials stress safe winter driving and parking

MILWAUKEE -- Before you go to bed you should double check if your car is on the right side of the street. Also, keep an eye up at the parking signs as parking restrictions are in effect across the City of Milwaukee -- and not moving your car could cost you.snow2

City of Milwaukee officials say in order for snow plows to successfully clear the streets, these restrictions need to go into effect.

Not everyone is thrilled about it but they say their biggest concern is getting home safely.

"We're tough. We're all Wisconsin people so we can handle it," said Tim Eichinger, Black Husky Brewing Owner.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until Saturday. Owner of Black Husky Brewing, Tim Eichinger, says the effects of the storm could be seen inside his bar.snow

"It's a little slower than usual but we still have some regulars coming in braving the storm," said Eichinger.

On Friday, city officials announced alternate side parking will now go into effect throughout the weekend. The city is also implementing the "Four-Inch Rule." If you don't park your car properly you will face a fine.4-inch-rule

Officials say these restrictions are not to raise revenue.

"This is for the greater good of this community to make sure that all of us can use our streets, that's why these restrictions are in place. Our hope is they will not need to put in place next weekend," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Eichinger says these are restrictions he warns customers about.

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Tim Eichinger

"We've been watching to make sure once it's four inches, then they have to go on the other side of the street so we are aware of that. You gotta watch that stuff," said Eichinger.

Parking inconveniences aside, some are more concerned about making it home in this storm.

"Just keep extra distance between the car in front of me and just go slow," said Mike Linser, Wauwatosa.

"I'll be heading out of here at 11:00 tonight. I'm hitting he highway kind of blind, we'll see how it goes. It's going to be an adventure," said Juan DeLacruz, executive chef at La Masa.

Again the mayor asks that people be on the lookout for specialized parking signs. This will be in effect throughout Sunday. About 300 pieces of equipment will be on the roads.

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works snow preparedness plans for December 16-18:

  • A DPW snow removal operation has been called for 48-Hour Exception Streets beginning December 16 at 11:00 p.m.; press release attached
  • In addition, the 4-inch rule will be in effect beginning December 16 at 11:00 p.m. as well; press release attached
  • 4:00 p.m.  – DPW has 120 salt trucks addressing Milwaukee’s main streets for the evening commute
  • Garbage and recycling trucks are mounting plow blades as they complete their Friday collections
  • Additional equipment will be assigned as needed
  • DPW continues to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions

ReadyWisconsin is warning people about the upcoming storm and precautions you and your family should take to keep safe.

  • If you must travel allow plenty of extra time for your trip. Also keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle and inform friends and family of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.
  • Check the roads before you travel. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises travelers check road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting 511wi.gov.
  • Have an emergency winter weather survival kit in your vehicle. Your kit should include water, snack food such as energy bars or raisins, blankets, first aid kit and booster cables. If you have a cell phone make sure you have a power adapter you can plug into the lighter. You can find more kit tips at ReadyWisconsin: readywisconsin.wi.gov/winter/HowToMakeAKit.asp
  • Get supplies for your home. Make sure your home emergency kit is stocked with food that can be stored and prepared without electricity. For a complete list of kit items go to ReadyWisconsin at readywisconsin.wi.gov/kit/GetKit.asp
  • Stay informed. ReadyWisconsin will keep you posted on any emergencies that occur during the storm. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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