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New Emergency Snow Zone Parking Restrictions

On targeted streets, moving cars off the road during designated snow emergencies will improve plowing

Post Date:11/13/2017 8:32 PM


Emergency Snow Zone Parking Restrictions

Winter Street Operations

This winter, the City will begin phasing in a new program to designate targeted Snow Emergency Zone parking restrictions during snow emergencies. 

Last winter, with record-breaking snow fall, the City identified streets where on-street parking contributed to increasingly narrow roads that became challenging for two-way traffic flow. This year, during declared snow emergencies, the City will ask that those targeted streets be cleared of parked cars, to help crews plow from curb to curb and prevent unwieldy berms in the travel lanes.

“Moving cars off the street allows plows to clear from curb to curb, creating a wider lane of travel,” said Streets and Operations Director David Abbas.

This is a pilot project that will likely evolve in ensuing years. Emergency Snow Zones for the winter of 2017-18 are: 

  • Wall Street (Portland Avenue to Colorado Avenue)
  • Bond Street (Wall Street to Colorado Avenue)
  • Chandler Avenue (Mt. Washington Drive to Century Drive)
  • Portland Street (11th Street to College Way)
  • NE Courtney Drive (27th Street to Conners Avenue)
  • NE Conners Avenue (27th Street to Courtney Drive)
  • NW Broadway Street (Franklin Avenue / Riverside Boulevard to Colorado Avenue)
  • NW Tumalo Avenue (Riverside Boulevard to Broadway Street)
  • 17th Street & Troon Avenue (Galveston Avenue to Mt. Washington Drive)

After the City Manager declares a “snow emergency” (which generally coincides with private contractors being called to assist City crews), there will be a 12-hour period of time when parking will not be allowed on these streets. This allows for complete plowing of the street from curb to curb. Once your street has been completely plowed from curb to curb, you are welcome to return to the street to park during the snow emergency. 

To receive notifications when a snow emergency is declared, sign up for “snow emergency notifications” at to. (If you have signed up for other news notifications you will need to go into enews and change your preferences to include emergency snow zone notifications.) Or, check if it’s snowing and you want to find out if a snow emergency has been declared. People can also call City of Bend Streets and Operations at 541-323-5980 to find out if a snow emergency has been declared.

During this first trial year of this parking program, the City doesn’t intend to tow cars, but if crews have to tow, to create safe streets, it will be at no cost to the driver and relocation areas will be identified. 

“Do your neighbors a favor: Don’t get plowed around,” said Abbas. “Plowing around parked cars can end up leaving a berm that would be difficult for a person with a shovel to remove.”

The Streets and Operations Department is adjusting its winter operations to improve service this year. In addition to the Emergency Snow Zones, modifications also include changing shift schedules, reviewing priority snow routes, coordinating with other agencies and increasing staffing and winter equipment. For more information on winter street maintenance, watch the Winter Street Operations webpage.  

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