Snow Routes, Ordinances, Trackers: What You Need to Know

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The first snowfall of the season brings a crash course in reminders.

Odd and Even Parking Zones:

This applies to five neighborhoods: Carpenter, Drake, Drake Park, River Bend and Sherman Hill. In these areas vehicles are to park on the side of the street with street addresses ending in an even number on even numbered days and vice versa.

Snowplowing operation will occur from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Vehicles must be on the correct side of the street by 7 a.m. to avoid a ticket.

The Des Moines Police Department adds additional patrol during major snow storms. It will specifically be watching for ordiance violators.

Tickets are $35.

Snow Routes:

Des Moines Public Works reconfigured roughly 20 miles of the city's snow routes this summer. Public Works Director, Jonathon Gano, said the reconfiguration is to better align the snow routes with the bus routes.

Gano added, the department will be taking a slightly different approach to managing the snow prior to years past.

"There will be two sometimes three and in some places five plows all working together kind of spread out in a wing formation so they carry all the snow across all the lanes in one pass," he said.

In the past, typically major streets had only two or three plows helping clear them.  The goal this year is to get more truck on the major roads for quicker results.

Snow Plow Tracking Technology:

Don't forget, the city provides many ways for you look up the snow routes and ordinances in your neighborhood and monitor if crews have cleared the snow on your street. The maps allow you to monitor the crews work in real-time.

Click here to view the maps.