The City of Charlottetown Police Services, in cooperation with the Public Works Department, is restricting parking on city streets until further notice.
Approximately 70 centimetres of snow fell over the weekend, adding to more than 100 cm already on the ground in the Capital City. It is anticipated that snow clearing will be slow and difficult. City crews and contractors will need the cooperation of the public in order to get the roads open and parking cleared.
The parking restriction applies to all parking on all city streets. As streets are cleared and parking spaces are available, vehicles will be permitted to park in legal/metered spaces.
Poor conditions have kept City plows off the roads for much of the day Monday (Feb. 16). As the plows are able to continue, the focus will be on street clearing. Crews will not be able to open any parking overnight or into Tuesday, Feb. 17.
"At this stage, visibility is still poor and we are still advising the public to avoid traveling, but as businesses and offices do start to open we are asking the public to make alternate arrangements for parking and/or traveling to work," said Charlottetown Police Chief Paul Smith. "Any vehicles parked on the side of the road risk being ticketed and towed. Vehicles impeding traffic or snow removal operations will be ticketed and towed, including vehicles parked in spaces that are still snow filled. As before, we will make efforts to locate vehicle owners to give them a chance to move their vehicles before we have them towed, but if we can't locate the owners we will have to tow."
The parking restriction is anticipated to be in place for at least 72 hours, with a further announcement on Thursday, February 19.
Snow clearing will be taking place in the upper levels of the parkades on Fitzroy, Queen and Pownal. Parking in these parkades will be very limited until the snow can be removed. Once the snow is cleared, the parkades still fill up quickly so motorists are advised to carpool or make other parking arrangements and travel into the downtown via transit. The full transit schedule is available at: triustransit.ca
Once roads are open and visibility has improved, those who must travel are asked to adjust their driving for the conditions and to watch for pedestrians as sidewalk clearing will be difficult and slow with the amount of snow that has accumulated.
With the amount of snow that is down, emergency officials are assuring the public they are ready in the event of an emergency. Plows are on standby at City fire departments should they be needed to assist emergency vehicles on snow covered roads.
The Charlottetown Fire Department is continuing to urge homeowners, businesses and property owners to ensure building all exits and vents from dryers, stoves and other heating appliances are accessible and clear of snow.
Those who are willing and able are also encouraged to check on their neighbours to ensure they are okay. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
City of Charlottetown