Oak Park emergency parking plan in effect due to snowfall

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By Community Editor


Feb. 1, 2015 - Oak Park's snow emergency parking plan is in effect and will stay in effect until conditions are deemed safe. 

Parking is prohibited on designated snow routes and restricted to one side on all other streets.

If you usually park on a designated snow route, you must move your car to a side street while the snow emergency parking plan is in effect.

Snow routes include Augusta Boulevard, Austin Boulevard, Chicago Avenue, Division Street, Garfield Street, Harlem Avenue, Harrison Street, Jackson Boulevard, Lake Street, Madison Street, North Avenue, Oak Park Avenue, Ridgeland Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Wisconsin Avenue from Madison Street to the emergency entrance of Oak Park Hospital.

If you park on a street that is not a posted snow route, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. you must park on the even numbered address side of the street on even number days (east and north sides of street) and on the odd numbered address side of the street on odd number days (west and south sides of street).

Click here for more details on the snow emergency parking rules or call 708.358.7669 (SNOW) for the latest update.

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Melanie from Oak Park  

Posted: February 5th, 2015 8:14 AM

Is the purpose of the snow ban to keep the main roads clear of cars so the village can plow them? If so, Harrison street has been plowed clean for a couple of days now, and zone permit holders are still not allowed to park on it. Meaning every day there is a new struggle to find a spot on the "right" side of the residential streets where one can park and not get stuck.


Posted: February 3rd, 2015 3:34 PM

OSParker, you are expected to shovel out a new spot, the village cannot plow the streets because no one moves for snow parking, basically you do have to plow into the snow bank and hope to get out. The system makes no sense and the fact that it has lasted for years baffles me

OSParker from Oak Park  

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 12:27 PM

I shoveled myself out, too, planning to move to the other side as required to abide by the restriction. As usual, those plowing never bothered to clear the other side...does the Village expect us to drive into a snow bank in order to comply? Why not allow those with OSP permits to park in one of the under utilized garages for free or a reduced rate when a heavy snowfall is predicted. Would be a win-win for everyone...no shoveling yourself out and no cars on the street to plow around.


Posted: February 3rd, 2015 11:45 AM

Or just dump the idea all together, I woke up Sunday morning and shoveled out both of my cars to move to the other side of the street only to see that yet again the ban is not being enforced, at least I got some exercise

By Any Meanz from Oak Park  

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 10:35 AM

Maybe we need meter maids on snowmobiles?


Posted: February 3rd, 2015 9:34 AM

Not sure why Oak Park even bothers with these, in the years I have lived in the Y1 zone, no one ever follows the rules and there are never any tickets, the even/odd rules simply dont work

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