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You Ask, We Answer: 'No Parking' Signs

Why are the 'no parking on street sweeping days' signs covered up?

You Ask, We Answer: 'No Parking' Signs

Reader's question:

All of the no parking on street sweeping days signs are covered in black plastic. At first I thought it was for the Central Ave. construction, but they are everywhere. What is happening? Can we park legally on sweeping days? Really, I mean can we park and not get a ticket? I have already given to the city a couple times.

Alameda Patch's answer:

According to the Public Works Department, the black plastic "hoodies" are legit. , a process that protects the street pavement and seals any cracks and patches in the street. Street sweeping in the area is on hold while the work is under way — about two more weeks.

We didn't really get an answer to the parking citation question from the harried DPW staffer we spoke with, but you should be safe as long as the plastic covers are in place. (However, Patch will NOT pay your fine if you do get ticketed!) 

Cautionary notes: watch for "no parking" signs where the sealing is under way or about to start. And microseal is very sticky when fresh. It takes about four hours to dry. Avoid sneaking into closed-off construction areas, or be prepared to spend a lot of time cleaning your shoes, tires, etc.

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