City asks residents to clear vehicles from streets

Bob Goetsch clears snow from his walkway Monday. Idaho Falls received more than the 2 inches of snow which triggered the city’s parking restrictions. John Roark /

The city of Idaho Falls is asking residents to move their cars from the streets to make it easier for plows to clear the snow.

“It is dangerous and difficult to plow narrow streets that are congested with parked vehicles,” a news release from the city stated. “Plowing around parked cars limits the effectiveness of snow removal activities. Some narrow streets may not be plowed if equipment cannot safely drive down them.”

The parking restrictions depend on the direction and zone of a street mapped out by Idaho Falls Public Works.

Downtown and Zone A streets heading east and west must be clear of vehicles midnight to 8 a.m. Tuesday. Streets lined up north and south must be clear at the same time Wednesday. All streets in Zone B, the majority of the city, must be clear 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Cars not removed at the designated times may be ticketed or towed. Idaho Falls received 5.3 inches of snow Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Pocatello.

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office reported it had responded to 17 accidents between noon Sunday and Monday afternoon with no serious injuries in the county and Ammon. The Idaho Falls Police Department responded to 20 accidents over 24 hours, one of which included a serious injury.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.