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Seasonal no parking signs may become history

As these signs posted along Guthrie Street south of Houston Street show, at this time of the year, it's possible to be ticketed either for a snow route no parking violation or a year-around no parking violation  or maybe both.
As these signs posted along Guthrie Street south of Houston Street show, at this time of the year, it's possible to be ticketed either for a snow route no parking violation or a year-around no parking violation or maybe both.

The Ottawa City Council appears ready to do away with its winter season no parking signs.

There are seven roadways where the city code prohibits parking from Nov. 30 to March 1, so they can serve as snow routes.

At a special council meeting Thursday, Mayor Robert Eschbach said it didn’t make sense to ticket cars when the temperatures are moderate and there is no snow present.

If the city moves ahead with taking down the seasonal snow signs the actual work won’t take long: there are only four left — all on the South Side.

Most of the roadways now either have signs designating no parking at all or no parking during times of snowfalls of two inches or greater.

Some seasonal no parking roadways now are split designations. For instance, the seasonal snow route on the east side of Adams Street from Glover Street to McKinley Road now is mostly designated for two-inch snowfall parking — although there is a short section where no parking is allowed.

Along Guthrie Street south of Houston Street there are signs both prohibiting winter seasonal parking and parking at any time.

The council also discussed locations in the city where single-side street parking should be designated to improve traffic flow and movement by snowplows and emergency vehicles.

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