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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Changes to Odd/ Even Parking

City of Ithaca Common Council recently voted to make time adjustments to the City’s Odd/ Even parking regulations, allowing more time for city crews to complete the clearing of roadways.

Odd/ Even parking regulations are in effect from November 1st through April 1st of each year. Odd/even parking now dictates that from 7 p.m. on an odd-numbered calendar day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the odd side of the street. On an even day from 7 p.m. to the next day at 6 a.m., cars must park on the even side of the street. The hours were recently amended from the previous enforcement time, which began at 2 a.m..

Odd/ Even parking is in place to allow snowplows to clear the entire width of city streets, from curb to curb, during and immediately following snow events. By switching the side on which cars are parked from day to day using this system, plows can reach areas previously blocked by parked cars. Snowplows operate in the late evening to early morning hours, with the goal of clearing the roads for the busiest hours of vehicle traffic.

The City will continue to only enforce the odd/even parking regulations when needed (during a snow event or other situations when it is necessary to clear the streets of vehicles). If you wish to be notified when the odd/even parking regulations will be enforced, you may sign up for our "Odd/Even Parking Notifications" list here via Swift911TM, the City's emergency alert system. You can also text "Swift911" to "99538". Be sure to select the "Odd/Even Parking Notifications" subscription list, along with any others that may be helpful to you. The city’s website will also have an alert posted to it until the enforcement period ends. While enforcement of the regulations is in effect, everyone must comply with the regulations or risk receiving a parking ticket.

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