The City of Charlottetown has eased parking restrictions, but motorists are advised that vehicles will still be ticketed and towed if impeding traffic or snow clearing operations.
Snow removal efforts are still underway and fewer vehicles downtown will help crews continue their efforts to clear roads and sidewalks.
"We will be concentrating on vehicles that are either blocking a lane of traffic or parked in the roadway, hindering snow removal," said Charlottetown Police Chief Paul Smith. "Motorists can park downtown if parked properly in a cleared parking space that isn't impeding traffic or snow clearing/de-icing efforts."
The regular overnight parking restrictions will be enforced as usual from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m.
"Public cooperation in finding off-street parking is appreciated as the City is continuing to clear snow after successive storms," said Public Works Manager Paul Johnston. "The fewer vehicles that have to be maneuvered around, the quicker the cleanup. We recognize and appreciate that businesses and shoppers would like to get back to normal operations, so the more we can work together on this, the quicker that can occur."
The Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC) will have additional spaces available over the weekend as City, Provincial and Federal workers will not be at work. These workers make up about half of the monthly permit holders using the parkades. The doors of the Pownal parkade will be open overnight Saturday and Sunday to help motorists find parking while snow clearing continues. The Peakes Quay parking lot, the Railyard lot, Queens Wharf lot, along with the Grafton Street lot across from the Charlottetown Event Grounds are also available for those willing to help keep vehicles off the streets.
T3 Transit and the Charlottetown Mall have also been supporting the City's efforts to reduce the number of vehicles on City streets while snow clearing is taking place.
The Charlottetown Mall administration will continue to allow motorists to park in the mall lot closest to University Avenue over the weekend in order to access transit services.
Transit service is available on Saturday from the Charlottetown Mall to downtown every half hour starting at 7:15 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. There is also transit service available from downtown to the Charlottetown Mall every half hour from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Crews continue to focus on keeping roads open, widening streets, and clearing sidewalks and parking. Sidewalk clearing remains limited because the snow is deep and there is limited space to move the snow. Motorists are advised to drive carefully, slowly and to watch for pedestrians.
City of Charlottetown