Logan’s winter parking ordinance takes effect Sunday

To secure campus and city roadways during the icy winter months, vehicles will not be allowed to park on Logan streets between the hours of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. starting Nov. 15. and ending March 1.The ordinance previously stated vehicles could not be parked between 1 and 5 a.m., but an additional hour has been allotted for roadway crews to create safe winter road conditions. Those who do park their car on a Logan roadway during the restricted time will be fined $15. Failure to pay this fine after 10 days will result in a fine of no more than $30.Manager of Logan Parking Authority Tanner Morrell said the ordinance is enforced to make sure all motorists are safe during the winter months. He said the ordinance was enforced even before he started working as a parking authority officer in 2004.”It’s a problem, especially when students leave their cars on the street, take the bus and then their vehicles accumulate on the roads. Two lane roads become one lane roads and it’s a hazard,” Morrell said.Snow and ice removal crews must have access to the entire roadway to clear it, said Christine Christensen, Logan Public Works Department employee. The crews find that vehicles prevent them from doing their job the most, as do trash cans. She said when vehicles are parked on the shoulder of a road it becomes an issue because snow builds up and there is no room to put the excess after plowing. When the parked cars are moved during the restricted hours, snow in the parking space is “frozen rock solid,” she said.”In places where there is snow buildup there is also black ice, which cars have hit and we’ve seen accidents caused by that,” Christensen said.

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