After last week's snowfall, and more expected on the way, village officials in Oak Park and River Forest are reminding residents about parking and snow removal regulations.
In Oak Park, "snow emergencies" are declared by the public works department after two inches of snowfall are recorded, triggering a ban on parking on all main streets that are designated snow routes, officials said. Violators face a $100 fine, officials said.
The snow routes include most of Oak Park's main thoroughfares: 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 Rush Oak Park Hospital. (See map in media gallery at right)
Parking on other, non-snow route streets is "restricted to to one side from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. in residential areas and from midnight to 8 a.m. in designated commercial districts, the side determined by the date." That means motorists can only park on the even address side of a street on even calendar days and odd address side on odd days. More from Oak Park here.
The village has set up a hotline at (708) 358-SNOW (7669) that residents can call for a recorded message to find out whether or not snowfall parking regulations are in effect. Residents can also tune into VOP-TV on channel 6 (Comcast) or channel 99 (AT&T) for more information.
For River Forest regulations, click here.