The city of Janesville declared a snow emergency that began at 4 p.m. Friday.

All parked vehicles must be removed from city streets and public parking lots until snow plowing is complete, according to a city news release.

Violators can be ticketed, but police can’t issue tickets unless 2 inches of snow has fallen and the street has been plowed curb to curb, according to the city ordinance, police Sgt. Dean Sukus said. The fine is $50.

A snowfall of 1.5 inches to 2 inches was expected to fall Friday on top of Thursday’s light snowfall, but if the total is less than 2 inches, police won’t issue tickets, Sukus said.

“Main and arterial streets will be maintained throughout the duration of the two snowfall events on Thursday and Friday,” according to the release.

“The quantity of snow that has accumulated on residential streets over the past few weeks in addition to the new accumulations will warrant a full plow of all city streets, even if the anticipated snowfall predicted for Friday is less than expected,” the release continues.“The full plow will begin Friday afternoon and is not expected to be completed until early Saturday, although every effort will be made to complete residential streets as soon as possible. Please plan on keeping parked vehicles off the street until plows have completely removed snow from curb to curb.”

Snow emergency parking

Those unable to park in a driveway or garage can park in one of the city-designated snow emergency parking stalls, located in the seven downtown municipal parking lots listed below:

  • East Wall Street Lot, Wall Street and Parker Drive.
  • City Hall Lot at Wall Street and Jackson Street.
  • South High Street Lot at Court and High streets.
  • Senior Center Lot at St. Lawrence Avenue and Water Street.
  • Hedberg Public Library Lot on Water Street.
  • River/Union Street Lot at River and Union streets.
  • North Parker Drive parking ramp at Parker Drive and Wall Street.
  • Park only in stalls with signs that say snow emergency parking.

During snow emergencies, police may begin issuing tickets starting at 4 p.m. but not before plowing begins.

For more information, see the city’s snow removal webpage or call the Janesville Snow Hotline at 608-755-SNOW (7669).

To report problems or concerns, call the City Services Center at 608-755-3110.

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