By Carol McCracken (Post # 693)
The City of Portland has announced there is a citywide parking ban for tonight beginning at 10 pm tonight, January 21st and ending at 6 am tomorrow morning, January 22nd. The parking ban has been declared so that Public Services crews can clear and remove snow from today’s storm.
As previously, vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense. Vehicles not claimed within 24 hours will be charged $25 a day. Vehicles will be towed to the city’s impound lot located at the Ocean Gateway International Marine Terminal at 40 Commercial Street (phone number 774-3025.)
There are a number of places people can park at no charge during a parking ban including the Cutter Street lots (off the Eastern Prom). Many parking garages in the area are open for parking bans at reduced rates – check with individual garages for rates and hours. Vehicles can begin to park in these designated areas at 5 pm tonight. Vehicles must be moved from the city lots by 7 am tomorrow morning.
Residents and visitors to the city can sign up online at www.portlandmaine.gov to receive email notices from the city when a city-wide parking ban is implemented. People can call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300 or check the Time and Temperature sign for up-to-date postings.