Minneapolis lifts winter parking restrictions

Thanks to warmer temperatures, Minneapolis residents will no longer be forced to drive around and around looking for parking in the city's busiest neighborhoods.

The city announced Friday that it's lifting the winter parking restrictions that were put in place because of all the snow, which was making it hard for fire trucks and other emergency vehicles to make it through some city streets.

Beginning Feb. 11, the city banned parking on the even side of non-snow emergency routes.

Normal parking rules are back in effect today, with a few exceptions: Parking will still be limited to one side of the street along stretches of Bryant Avenue and Grand Avenue until April 1.

City officials reminded residents that it is March in Minnesota, and it wouldn't be out of the question to see another snow emergency before spring is here for good.

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