Don’t be a parking grinch; winter restrictions start Tuesday
Steamboat Springs — Starting Tuesday, drivers who leave their cars parked overnight on Lincoln Avenue and other city streets could have their vehicles ticketed or towed.
The city’s winter parking restrictions will be in effect until April 30 to accommodate snow plows.
That means no parking is allowed on Lincoln Avenue or Ski Time Square from 3 to 6 a.m.
Drivers who feel they might need to catch a sober ride home after a night downtown can safely leave their vehicles parked in some of the city’s public parking lots that are off of Lincoln, such as the lot next to City Hall on 10th Street.
The city’s bus service will also start running later in the evening when the winter schedule takes effect Dec. 6.
No parking is allowed on all city streets in the winter from 2 to 8 a.m.
Parking also is not allowed on the streets in the Anglers Drive area and south to the city limits from midnight to 8 a.m.
Drivers who don’t follow the parking restrictions could come back to find a $50 ticket on their vehicle. And if the vehicle is in the way of plowing operations, it could be towed.
The city of Steamboat Springs is responsible for maintaining and clearing snow from 76 miles of streets, 6 miles of alleys, 37 parking lots and 105 cul-de-sacs.
According to Public Works Director Chuck Anderson, the city issued 1,702 warnings and 1,213 tickets for winter parking violations last year.
He said officers generally put warnings on vehicles until the snow storms start to hit.
Then ticketing usually begins in December.
Anderson added the city also might give warnings instead of tickets during Christmas week as a courtesy to city visitors.
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Steamboat Springs Transit is currently in the process of securing seasonal housing for its winter employees, and transit staff members are also looking to build long-term housing on land the city owns.