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It's just the end of September in Rochester, Minnesota, but people are already asking, "When do the winter parking rules start?" This is usually said along with many grumbles and complaints.

  • The Good News? Rochester's winter parking season is shorter than it used to be.
  • The Bad News? It's still coming, which means so is winter and snow.

What Are The Dates, Rules, etc for Rochester's Winter Parking?

I put together this handy-dandy gallery for you. Peruse slowly, take it all in, and after the gallery, I'll be more specific about why the rules were created.

20 of Rochester, Minnesota's Winter Parking Rules - The Biggies

Every year there is a lot of confusion about what the winter parking rules are, why they are, and how to follow them. You'll be surprised at some of the questions the city gets asked, but this is 985 from the City of Rochester's FAQ, so it's true as true can be.

Are These Winter Parking Rules In Effect Because There Was A Problem Before?

The City of Rochester doesn't directly answer this question on their FAQ, We do have a lot of narrow streets that become even more narrow when the plows can't clear curb-to-curb. That becomes dangerous for the average citizen, but even more so for citizens in need of emergency help, fire, police, etc.

Kim David/TSM
Kim David/TSM

I've lived here a long time and I've heard citizens complain and counsel members talk about citizens calling them to complain about the horrible winter clearing on our older streets. The rules will never satisfy everyone, but it's an honest to goodness best shhot at making sure everyone can get thru.

As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know:

Winter's not here yet, though, so here's something fun to look thru that'll help you forget about the snow and cold.

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