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MINNEAPOLIS - While Minneapolis is ending its snow emergency at 8 p.m. on Saturday, winter parking restrictions will go into effect starting at 8 a.m. Sunday.

That means no parking on the even numbered side of non-snow-emergency routes. That will last until Apr. 1 unless there is a good melt sooner.

Parking is allowed on Snow Emergency routes, parkways and on the odd-numbered side of streets.

The decision comes as folks like Jeanne Burns continue to find themselves stuck. Burns says she got stuck twice in one day. The first time was in an alley behind her south side Minneapolis home.

"My tires were just spinning and spinning and spinning," she said. "I was trying to back up but I couldn't because of this big pile of snow and my tries were just spinning."

The south Minneapolis resident isn't alone.

Mike Kennedy, Director of Transportation for Minneapolis, said the team of workers hired to clear the 3,700 alleys in the city has had problems.

"Some of the loaders were getting stuck and because of all of the parked cars they couldn't get around and get to some of the alleys," Kennedy said.

In addition to city and county plows that clear the streets, the city hires private contractors like Kevitt Excavation of Elk River to clean out the alleys during big snowfalls. Each contractor receives a route map highlighting alleys plowed and those that need work.

Kennedy said about 20 contractors were spread throughout Minneapolis on Saturday. Each was assigned to clear 200 alleys. Chuck Wells was among the group.

By noon he had only completed about 10 percent of his load.

"We started at 7 a.m. I don't anticipate being out of here until roughly midnight," he said. "After 10 or 12 hours, it is nice to be appreciated that is for sure."

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