ITHACA, N.Y. –– Because of snowfall throughout the day Tuesday, the City of Ithaca announced that Odd/Even parking regulations will be enforced.

According to the city’s website, “Odd/Even parking is in place to allow snowplows to clear the entire width of city streets, from curb to curb, during and immediately following snow events. By switching the side on which cars are parked each day, plows can reach areas previously blocked by parked cars. Snowplows operate in the late evening and early morning hours with the goal of clearing the roads for the busiest hours of vehicle traffic.”

The Odd/Even parking regulation mandates that from 7 p.m. on an odd-numbered calendar day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the odd side of the street (where the house numbers are odd.) On an even day from 7 p.m. to the next day at 6 a.m., cars must park on the even side of the street. 

Odd/Even parking remains in effect until the city chooses to suspend it, not a predetermined amount of time. The city’s website will have an alert posted in the top left corner until the enforcement period ends. Failure to comply during the enforcement period runs the of risk receiving a parking ticket.

If you wish to be notified when the odd/even parking regulations will be enforced, you can sign up for the “Odd/Even Parking Notifications” list here via Swift911, the City’s emergency alert system. You can also text “Swift911” to “99538”. Be sure to select the “Odd/Even Parking Notifications” subscription list. 

If your street only has parking on one side of the street, you may have to find parking on a nearby street on alternate days.

Streets marked permanently for 24-hour parking are exempt from the odd/even parking regulation. The city also has a Which Side to Park? Informational Website for more information.

Anna Lamb

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