By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,675)
A city-wide parking ban for the City of Portland has been declared beginning at 10:00 pm tonight, January 2nd and ending 6 am Friday, November 3rd.
According to the current forecast, a prolonged period of winter weather starting late tonight and continuing into Friday morning is expected. The City of Portland is anticipating heavy snowfall, blowing and drifting snow, very low wind chill values as well as the potential for coastal flooding.
With forecasted winds of between 12-28 mphs and gusts as high as 40 mph, the city of Portland cautions travelers as the blowing and drifting snow will present significant reduced visibility. Additionally, wind speed and extreme low temperatures will produce dangerously cold conditions. Drivers are asked to proceed with caution and consider minimizing nonessential trips during this time.
The parking ban has been declared so that Public Services crews can continue to clear and remove existing and forecasted snow. The city of Portland will continue to monitor the storm and will evaluation the need for additional parking bans over the next two days.
Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense (tow- fee – $85, impound fee – $35, ticket cost – $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid. Vehicles not claim within 24 hours will be charged $25 storage fee per day). Vehicles will be towed to the city’s impound lot located at the Ocean Gateway International Marine Terminal, 40 Commercial Street (phone number 774-3025). At the end of the day, following a parking ban,, unclaimed vehicles will be toward to private tow company lots and storage fees of $25 per day will accrue. There is an additional $25 after hours fee for vehicles picked up between 7 pm and 7 am.
There are a number of places people can park at no charge during a parking ban. Some are new or revised, so please review this PARTIAL list carefull
Cutter Street lots (off the Eastern Prom) Beach Street lot accessible from Commercial Street. (Available after 8 pm tonight)
Eastern Promenade – Turner Street to East End School to street light pole # 33 (waterside),