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Snow Emergency Routes Show Early Signs of Success

Plow drivers in West Lafayette say they noticed fewer cars parked on what used to be problem streets.

Posted: Dec 16, 2019 7:04 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Snow plows were out in full force early this morning clearing more than two inches of snow. The plow drivers in West Lafayette say they noticed fewer cars parked on what used to be problem streets.

A newly-passed ordinance would qualify this morning's snow event as a snow emergency.
Which means come next year, parking would not be allowed on designated snow emergency routes in West Lafayette.

Street Commissioner Ben Anderson says they were able to finish plowing earlier in the day because there were fewer cars parked on certain streets.


“It does help on those main drags if we can get those cleared quickly and move on,” said Anderson. “It's all in preparation and just trying to be prepared for if something happens."


The ordinance which *would not* allow cars to be parked on designated snow emergency routes goes into effect on January 15th.

Under that ordinance, if a car is parked on a designated emergency snow route a forty-dollar ticket would be issued and the car would be towed at the owner's expense.

The Street Department says they will have a grace period for people to get used to the changes once they go into effect.

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