Portland Declares Citywide Parking Ban Tonight; 10:00 PM – 6:00 AM – CITY HALL CLOSES AT 3 pm TODAY


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By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,093)

A citywide parking ban for the City of Portland has been declared beginning at 10:00 pm, March 1st and ending at 6:00 am tomorrow morning, March 2nd. The parking ban has been declared so that Public Services crews can clear and remove snow from today’s storm.

Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense (tow fee – $70, impound fee – $35, ticket cost – $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid. Vehicles not claimed 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 at 40 Commercial Street (phone number 774-3025). At the end of the day following a parking ban, unclaimed vehicles will be towed to private tow company lots and storage fees of $25. per day will accrue.

There are a number of places people can park at no charge during a parking ban. The most convenient places for Hill residents are: Parking lots on Munjoy and Wilson Streets, formerly known as the Adams School, Cutter Street lots (off the Eastern Prom), All Portland Public School lots EXCEPT the lots at Rieche School which abuts the school and playground. 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 5:00 pm tonight. Vehicles must be moved from the city lots by 7:00 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 also get parking updates by either becoming a fan of Portland Cityline on Facebook or a follower of PortlandCitylin. on Twitter. People can call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300 or check the Time and Temperature sign for up-to-date postings.

Furthermore, the city has also announced that City Hall is closing today at 3:00 pm for non-essential personnel due to the inclement weather.