Watch out for temporary "No Parking" signs that will be popping up on city streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Both cities are starting their spring sweeping of residential streets this week to remove dirt, debris and grime left behind over the winter.
Minneapolis gets to work on Tuesday, and over the next four weeks will tackle more than 1,000 miles of city streets. Crews have already started sweeping parkways, commercial corridors, alleys and downtown streets. A schedule of which streets will be swept and when is posted on the city's website.
In St. Paul,where the Public Works Department oversees more than1,874 miles of streets, the first order of business will be cleaning neighborhood streets that crews didn't get to last fall with the early onset of winter. The city has posted a cleaning schedule for specific to neighborhoods on its website.
With that, here are the rules for each city and what you need to know so your vehicle isn't ticketed or towed.
Minneapolis will post signs at least 24 hours in advance on blocks that will be swept. Additionally, the city will make automated phone calls to affected residents. Once the signs are up, parking is banned on the block from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day the street is swept. Drivers should not park on the street until the "No Parking" signs have been removed.
The fine $42 plus any charges associated with tow charges for vehicles taken to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
St. Paul will post signs at least 24 hours in advance. Parking is prohibited on designated streets from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day the street is scheduled to be swept. Parking is not allowed until the signs are removed. A ticket will cost is $36.
Officials in both cities remind residents that it is illegal to push leaves, grass clippings or other junk into the street.