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Winter reminders: Parking restrictions begin Nov. 1

child in toy car in winterAs Woodbury's snow plowing crews gear up for the upcoming winter season - making sure equipment and de-icing supplies are ready for the first snowfall - the team also wants to remind residents that the city's winter parking restrictions go into effect beginning Thursday, Nov. 1. 

Woodbury's winter parking regulations ban on-street parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. or any time 2 or more inches of snow have accumulated until after the street has been completely plowed. 

The parking restrictions, which are designed to facilitate plowing during the snow season, continue through April 1. The 2-inch guideline applies to any hour of the day, any time of year.

Cars parked on the street present a hazard because they can be difficult for the plow operators to see. They also prevent clearing the road from curb to curb, making plowing less effective.

The winter parking ordinance does not apply to private streets, only to public roadways. Residents who violate the ordinance will be ticketed. Be sure to tell relatives and guests who may visit your home about the winter parking restrictions so they will not receive a citation either.

Keep streets clear
Woodbury ordinance prohibits placing recreational materials such as basketball hoops, hockey nets and skateboard ramps in the streets and cul-de-sacs, and they present a hazard to the plow operators and motorists alike. 

If trash/recycling pickup day coincides with plowing activities, make sure your trash can and recycling bin are well behind the curb or in the driveway so the plow will not hit them. 

Check your mailbox
Be sure to check mailboxes and make any repairs necessary to ensure the mailbox can withstand the winter plowing season. If your mailbox is struck by a plow truck, the city will repair or replace the mailbox, provided the mailbox featured a standard design that conforms to U.S. postal specifications for minimum height and setback

Residents should keep snow cleared away from mailboxes throughout the winter season to improve accessibility for mail delivery.

Trim boulevard trees
Before the first snowfall, trim branches on your boulevard trees, which generally are planted in the city's right-of-way within 13 feet of the curb.

When tree branches grow, they can extend over the roadway and get hit by large vehicles such as plow trucks, postal delivery vehicles and garbage/recycling trucks. This can severely damage the trees and the trucks.

Branches less than 10 feet in height from the top of the street should be removed.

More tips for the plowing season

Questions about the winter parking regulations, mailbox installation standards or tree trimming may be directed to the Public Works Department at (651) 714-3720 or publicworks@woodburymn.gov.