By Dave Rogers
---- — NEWBURYPORT — Motorists can go back to parking on the streets of Newburyport.
The snow-related parking restrictions that went into place Friday were lifted yesterday afternoon, allowing residents and visitors to resume parking in all public lots, metered spaces and on local streets, according to local police.
The parking ban, which was originally expected to end Monday at 8 a.m., was instead extended indefinitely early this week to give the Department of Public Services additional time to widen snow-clogged streets and remove snow from municipal parking lots.
The ban was first issued Friday at 2 p.m. to keep as many cars off the roads as possible as the region braced for what turned out to be a massive storm, dumping nearly 2 feet of snow beginning Friday afternoon and well into Saturday.
City officials remind motorists to remain vigilant in not blocking traffic or hampering snow removal efforts. Those who do hinder traffic will continue to be ticketed and towed. Motorists are also strongly urged to utilize off-street parking spots wherever available.
“The DPS will continue to work at removing snow from clogged roadways to resume normal travel and parking throughout the city. We ask for your continued cooperation to help facilitate this. We ask that you continue to use good judgment when parking so as not to restrict traffic flow. We don’t want to be forced to ticket and tow for violations,” City Marshal Thomas Howard said yesterday in a press release.
Howard said a combination of DPS workers making good progress Monday night and the overall cooperation of motorists led to the decision to suspend the ban.
“We’re asking (motorists) to continue doing that,” Howard said.
Howard also asked motorists to be mindful of leaving enough space to allow firetrucks and other emergency vehicles to safely pass.
“If a fire truck cannot safely pass by your parked vehicle, it’s considered to be a road hazard and subject to a violation,” Howard added.