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Watch out for on-street parking restrictions! Winter Maintenance Zones season begins October 15

(Fort McMurray, AB – October 10, 2019) – Residents are reminded to watch out for on-street parking restrictions during the Winter Maintenance Zones (WMZ) season, which runs from Oct. 15 to Apr. 15. As the season begins, all WMZs will be relaxed until winter maintenance is needed. On-street parking restrictions are not in effect when WMZs are relaxed. 

Residents are advised to follow posted signage along residential streets and keep up to date on the status of WMZs by utilizing the following information sources:
  
Signing up for WMZ email alerts at rmwb.ca/snowplow 
Watching for updates on the electronic variable signage at the entrance of each neighbourhood
Checking the banner at the top of the municipal website 
Following the RMWB on Facebook and Twitter 
Contacting Pulse at 780-743-7000 or rmwb.ca/pulse  

It’s easy for residents to find their zone and subzone by checking the signage along their residential street or by using the Find Your Zone tool at rmwb.ca/wmz

In an effort to increase transparency and keep residents informed on the progress of snow removal on residential streets in Fort McMurray, the municipality has launched a WMZ progress map. Once crews finish removing snow from a residential street, the map will be updated to highlight that snow removal has been completed on the street. Residents may access the WMZ progress map at rmwb.ca/snowplow

WMZ program overview

All residential neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray have been divided into five Winter Maintenance Zones (WMZ), one for each weekday. Each WMZ is divided further into four subzones 1, 2, 3 and 4. On the day that each zone is active, some of the subzones within the larger active zone will be serviced and others will be relaxed. Residents will be able to park in relaxed subzones without being ticketed or towed. The purpose of subzones is to accommodate on-street parking while crews work in other focused areas of the zone. 

When zones and subzones are active, on-street parking will not be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.   

While residents should plan for their zone and subzone to be active on the day indicated on their neighbourhood signage, the municipality will relax zones and subzones when maintenance is not required. If less than approximately five centimeters of snow has fallen or accumulated as snowpack on the roads, zones will be relaxed. 

Residents are responsible for complying with parking regulation as set out in the Roads and Transportation Bylaw No. 02/079. Vehicles parked in active WMZs impede snow removal and could be ticketed or towed. Parking tickets and towing fees are the responsibility of the vehicle owner. 

For everyone’s safety, please do not approach equipment on the roadway and exercise caution where maintenance is happening. Motorists are advised to follow road equipment from a safe stopping distance and to allow space for visibility. 

Learn about the WMZ program, on-street parking restrictions, maps, FAQs and more at rmwb.ca/snowplow. Residents can also contact Pulse for more information at 780-743-7000 or rmwb.ca/pulse

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