Parking Ban Extended

City of New Haven(Updated: 4:45 p.m. Friday) With less than two hours’ notice, the city announced that Friday evening’s parking ban will extend to downtown streets.

A parking ban goes into effect from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday on many—but not all—neighborhood streets. The ban also extends downtown, city officials announced in a press release sent at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Cops will be announcing the bans via loudspeakers, and posting notices downtown not to park on certain streets. (Scroll down for a list.)

The city is putting the ban into effect so it can finish the job of plowing all streets to make them passable.

The city made a first nighttime blitz of neighborhood streets Wednesday night, banning parking on the odd side of the street and towing cars that did not comply. The city towed 44 cars, according to city spokeswoman Anna Mariotti. Another blitz followed Thursday night.

A final parking bans follows Friday night. Read carefully to make sure you don’t get towed.


From 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, parking is banned on the following streets:

Broadway from Whalley Avenue to York Street
Elm Street from York Street to State Street
Crown Street from Orange Street to Howe Street
Park Street from Elm Street to Crown Street
Orange Street from Wall Street to Crown Street
York Street from Elm Street to Grove Street
Trumbull Street from Whitney Avenue to Lincoln Street
Whitney from Trumbull to Bradley


What to do: Park on the EVEN side of the street. (Park on the side of the street where house numbers end in 2, 4, 6, 8 or 0.) If you don’t, you’ll get towed. Parking tickets cost $100 plus towing fees.

Where: All streets east of Ella Grasso Boulevard and west of the Quinnipiac River. Where exactly is that? Details can be found lower down in this story.

• From 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

The area affected by the ban is shaded in the above map. It includes Fair Haven, East Rock, The Hill, Newhallville, Dixwell, Wooster Square and parts of the Beaver Hills, Edgewood and West River neighborhoods.

If you live in the unshaded areas on the map, you don’t have to get your car off the streets Thursday or Friday nights. The unshaded area comprises the west part of town (Westville, West Rock, West Hills, parts of Beaver Hills and Edgewood), and the east side (Bishop Woods, Fair Haven Heights, the Annex, the East Shore, Morris Cove).

The city aims to plow those western and eastern areas during the daytime and Friday and Saturday, Chief Administrative Officer Rob Smuts said at a morning briefing Thursday at the Department of Public Works on Middletown Avenue. The city is asking people to get their cars off the streets during the daytime Friday and Saturday in those areas, but there won’t be an official parking ban, and the city won’t tow cars, Smuts said.

“The housing in these areas tends to be more modern with wider streets and many off-street parking options. If residents remove their cars from the street, we do not anticipate having to tow in these areas,” city spokeswoman Anna Mariotti wrote in a press release.

Mariotti added a caveat: “We will hit as many streets as possible during these operations, but want to be realistic: we might not hit every street.”

Where To Park?

If you don’t have off-street parking, you can park for free at the following school lots that have been cleared of snow.

Note: You need to move your car out of the lot by the end of the day noon Sunday.

Barnard School, 170 Derby Ave.
Betsy Ross School, 150 Kimberly Ave.
Bishop Woods School, 1481 Quinnipiac Avenue
Clinton Ave School, 293 Clinton Ave.
Columbus Family Academy, 255 Blatchley Ave.
Conte-West Hills, 511 Chapel St.
DOMUS Academy, 560 Ella Grasso Blvd.
Edgewood School, 737 Edgewood Ave.
ESUMS, 804 State St.
Hill Central School, 140 Dewitt St.
Hooker (3-8), 691 Whitney Ave.
John Daniels School, 569 Congress Ave.
John Martinez School, 100 James St.
King-Robinson School, 150 Fournier St.
Lincoln-Bassett School, 130 Bassett St.
Mauro Sheridan Magnet School, 191 Fountain
Ross-Woodward School, 185 Barnes Ave.
Truman School, 114 Truman St.
Hill Career High School, 140 Legion Ave.
Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Parkway
High School in the Community, 175 Water St.
Hyde High School, 60 Sargent Dr.
Metro Business Academy, 115 Water St.
Sound School, 60 South Water St.
New Haven Academy, 444-448 Orange St.
Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell St.
Adult Ed, 560 Ella Grasso Blvd.
Riverside Academy, 560 Ella Grasso Blvd.
New Horizons, 103 Hallock Ave.
AF Amistad High School, 49 Prince St.
Amistad Academy, 130 Edgewood Ave.
Elm City College Preparatory, 407 James St.
Elm City Prep Middle School, 794 Dixwell Ave.


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posted by: BigBellend on February 13, 2013  5:17pm

Your shaded map has one issue I can see.

The shading does not include all of the Blvd.  It stops at Whalley,and continues up Ellsworth.  You (or the city) have left out Colony Rd, Anita St, and parts of Goffe, Moreland, Glenn, and Dyer Streets as well as a portion of the Boulevard.

posted by: meta on February 13, 2013  6:11pm

Another question: is all of downtown still under a parking ban? It’s not clear on the city website.

posted by: HenryCT on February 13, 2013  10:06pm

Despite the Mayor’s two robo calls today stating that street cleaning tonight would only be west of the Quinnipiac and east of the Boulevard, and despite the fact that the streets around me are west of the Boulevard, police came around after dark this evening shouting through bullhorns for residents to move their cars away from the odd side of the street. This created somewhat of a panic among neighbors who were home.

It really would help if those who make decisions would tell their subordinates what the decisions are. Because otherwise it would appear that city leaders don’t know their own city’s geography.

posted by: streever on February 14, 2013  8:25am


I don’t think you need to use a cheeky British slang term that references a part of anatomy unique to men in order to comment here.

posted by: Lisa on February 14, 2013  9:56am

What I don’t understand is why is the parking ban only overnight?  Why wouldn’t the snow removal start, and then continue until finished?  I saw no evidence of snow removal happening anywhere in East Rock.  I drove through Newhallville to get to work and saw a couple streets cleared, though the road from Prospect to Winchester is still one lane.

posted by: Yaakov on February 14, 2013  10:30am

Any word on when Edgewood Ave near the Troup School might be clears out?

We haven’t seen any real progress since the single lane was plowed leaving a mountain of ice in front of most driveways. They came around last night announcing the parking ban, but the plows never materialized.

posted by: jayfairhaven on February 14, 2013  11:08am

folks on our block heeded the bullhorn message from the police broadcast at 5:45pm, scrambling 15 minutes before the ticket and towing was to begin. the shovelling on the even side of the road to fit our neighbors cars didn’t end until midnight. lo and behold, it’s morning and nary a flake was moved by a plow on our street. i really don’t want to see anyone towed. our community has shown great self reliance and team spirit, helping each other get their cars, walks and driveways clear.  if the instructions and expectations are clear we’ll abide, but so far, what has been posted on the town website and nhi has not come to be around chatham park.

can we expect a ban on the even side of the road tonight or will another attempt be made on the odd side? tonight i’d like to be able to have accurate info to give to my neighbors so everyone can rest easy knowing their car will be where they left it when they wake up tomorrow morning.

posted by: Nathan on February 15, 2013  4:55pm

Unfortunately, the city for many years has trained the residents to not expect alternate side parking bans, which should be in place for any major snow storm.  In addition, it is a hardship in some areas to get your vehicle to one of the designated public parking locations; the city should try to make arrangements with private lots as well.  As a result, many people have been towed - I saw a dozen cars targeted on my street last night alone - and the city had to play catchup with the task of clearing at least one side of the streets.  It would be far better to have this be the new, expected policy and publicize it consistently and extensively.