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Seasonal parking ban declared in Edmonton following winter wallop

Watch above: The storm has ended, but now Edmontonians must deal with the aftermath. Shallima Maharaj has the details.

EDMONTON — A seasonal parking ban that has been in place since late Friday night has been extended into Monday.

The ban came into effect at 11 p.m. Friday. Any vehicles still parked on designated parking ban routes may be ticketed and towed.

“Due to the amount of snowfall over the last few days, we need to dedicate our efforts on the collector/bus routes so that the driving lanes stay clear,” Bob Dunford, Director of Roadway Maintenance, said Friday. “We ask that residents along these routes find alternative parking to help us get the roads cleaned as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

The city says the seasonal parking ban will not impact residential blading, which starts at 12:01 a.m. on Monday and continues until Friday night.

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Residential blading runs on a fixed-day schedule this year, meaning if your street is bladed on a Tuesday during the first cycle, it will always be bladed on a Tuesday.

READ MORE: ‘We’re ready to go’: Edmonton snow removal crews

To find out which day crews will be in your neighbourhood, visit the City of Edmonton’s website.

The city also wants to remind residents in West Jasper Place, Crestwood, Henderson Estates and Haddow that their neighbourhoods are part of the one-side parking ban pilot project. Enforcement of that targeted ban will begin Sunday, the city urged.

READ MORE: Pilot project for ‘one side of the street’ winter parking ban a go

Up to 40 centimetres of snow fell on parts of the city Thursday and into Friday, which caused treacherous road conditions for drivers.

 

Drivers deal with treacherous conditions on the 105 Street hill in Edmonton, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.
Drivers deal with treacherous conditions on the 105 Street hill in Edmonton, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
Edmonton drivers deal with difficult road conditions after a winter storm, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.
Edmonton drivers deal with difficult road conditions after a winter storm, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
The river valley is cover with snow after a winter storm hits Edmonton, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.
The river valley is cover with snow after a winter storm hits Edmonton, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
Edmonton drivers navigate through challenging road conditions, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.
Edmonton drivers navigate through challenging road conditions, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
Edmonton drivers navigate through challenging road conditions, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.
Edmonton drivers navigate through challenging road conditions, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
A crew works to clear snow after a major snow storm hits Edmonton, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.
A crew works to clear snow after a major snow storm hits Edmonton, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
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Edmonton residents deal with the first winter storm of the season, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.
Edmonton residents deal with the first winter storm of the season, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Kendra Slugoski, Global News

A call was put out to contractors to help clear roads overnight and into Friday afternoon and 159 responded, which is the most in five years, the city said.

“We’ve plowed some roads multiple times of course, but the snow keeps coming down. So, like I said, the focus is on maintaining mobility. The goal is to get everybody home.”

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Strathcona County is also under a parking ban, which came into effect Saturday.

You can find more information on our Edmonton traffic page, and the latest on travel advisories on 511 Alberta.

*Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. It has been updated several times since, with the most recent update at 1:32 p.m. Sunday.