Snowbanks have narrowed the streets, leaving not enough room for both parked cars and emergency vehicles.
With curbside snow piles turning many city streets into narrow passageways, Minneapolis is banning parking on one side of most residential streets starting Thursday.
That day at 8 a.m., parking will be banned on the even-numbered side of non-snow emergency routes.
The ban will last until April 1, unless conditions allow it to be lifted earlier, the city said Tuesday. The ban begins 12 hours after the current snow emergency ends at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The city noted that about 30 inches of snow had fallen so far this season, with very little melting. Narrowed streets can be tricky for large emergency vehicles such as firetrucks or ambulances if cars are parked on both sides, hence the restriction.
A truck from the Minneapolis Fire Department will demonstrate the difficulty of driving down neighborhood streets today at 1 p.m. at E. 19th Street and Stevens Av. S.