Rochester city leaders prepare for winter months

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Last winter was brutal and Rochester struggled to keep roads clear. Rochester Public Works is hoping this winter will be smoother.

The department is proposing some changes it says will help workers remove snow and ice in town more efficiently.

One big change is seasonal parking. Currently there are no parking restrictions during the winter months unless marked by a sing.

Under the proposal, starting Oct. 1, first from 2 a.m. until 3 p.m., folks will be required to participate in alternate side street parking. Vehicles would be restricted to parking on odd or even address sides of the street, depending if the calendar date is odd or even.

The seasonal parking policy would last until May 1.

“This is something completely new,” Rochester Public Works Director Chris Petree said. “We’ve recognized over the years with emergency vehicles and just our generally snow and ice removal operations its increasingly difficult to perform all of the maintenance tasks we need to do and safety get our emergency services up and down our streets.”

Another way is side walk snow removal and requiring people to clear pedestrian ramps in addition to sidewalks of snow and ice.

Public Works is also working on transparency and plans to have snow removal road priorities listed online, as well as policies and routes so folks can know what is expected.

Public works plans to bring a revised plan back to the council on Aug. 19.

Snowy downtown Rochester.
Beret Leone

Beret Leone

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