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Residents Asked to Get Vehicles Off Streets; City Parking Garages Open for Free

Residents are asked to get their vehicles off streets tonight before heavy snow falls. City of Annapolis parking garages are open at no charge to residents.

Residents are asked to get their vehicles off streets tonight before heavy snow falls. File|Patch
Residents are asked to get their vehicles off streets tonight before heavy snow falls. File|Patch
Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that all four of the city parking garages opened at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2.  

Vehicles parked on the roadways are one of the biggest challenges for snow crews. Residents are asked to park vehicles in driveways and off public streets so plows can clear as much snow as possible.

All four of the city parking garages will open, free of charge, to city residents in an effort to get vehicles off the street:
• Noah Hillman Parking Garage – 150 Gorman Street
• Gotts Court Parking Garage – 25 Northwest Street
• Knighton Parking Garage – 1A Colonial Avenue
• Park Place – 5 Park Place

Residents should come in the gate and take a ticket as normal. Before leaving the garage, residents should go to the garage office and get a snow voucher by showing proof of residency. The garages will remain available until further notice.

City Snow Plan:  
PHASE I / LEVEL I (1" to 4" Snow fall) - Requires all vehicles on emergency snow routes to be equipped with all-season radials, snow tires or chains. We expect to make the emergency snow routes passable within 12 hours of the end of the snow fall, snow connector routes will be made passable within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall, and all other routes will be made passable within 36 hours of the end of the snow fall.

PHASE II / LEVEL II (5" to 8" Snow fall) - Vehicular parking is banned on emergency snow routes; in advance of a Snow Emergency, residents will be directed to move their vehicles off Snow Emergency Routes to avoid towing and impound. We expect to make emergency snow routes passable within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall; Snow Connector Routes will be made passable within 36 hours of the end of the snow fall; all other routes will be made passable within 60 hours of the end of the snow fall.

PHASE III / LEVEL III (9" to 14" Snow fall) - ALL vehicles will be prohibited from operating on any street within the corporate limits of Annapolis except snow equipment, emergency vehicles or others authorized by the Mayor. All previous restrictions prevail. Snow Emergency Routes will be made passable within 96 hours of the end of the snow fall, Snow Connector Routes will be made passable within 120 hours of the end of the snow fall, all other routes will be made passable within 144 hours of the end of the snow fall.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management (EPARM) will activate at 2 a.m. Monday, March 3, and will continue to monitor the winter storm that is expected to bring 8-12 inches of snow to the City of Annapolis through Monday afternoon. 

EPARM will activate the Annapolis Call Center at 8 a.m. Monday, March 3 for all non-emergency calls. Annapolis residents can call 410-260-2211 regarding road conditions or any non-emergency snow related questions.

Public Works crews are ready to respond to the snowfall with 13 crews to clear the 276 miles of paved lanes. The City has an ample supply of salt on hand.

For updates on refuse & recycling collection and Annapolis Transit operations, go to www.annapolis.gov.  All updated information will be posted as it becomes available.

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