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Monday’s storm is long since over, but two cars are still plowed in on Summer Street.

HAVERHILL — It took more thinking by drivers, but made the roads wider and safer, city leaders said.

For years, Haverhill’s winter parking rules forced residents without driveways to juggle how they parked — using one side of the street one night and the other side the next.

That allowed plows to clear one side of the street after a storm, and clear the other side the next night. The result: Roads were wider and safer for drivers.

Some city councilors said it’s time to step back in time, that the current winter parking method isn’t working. Haverhill’s odd-even winter parking has residents using one side of the street for a month at a time — causing snowbanks to get bigger and cars to be buried in plowed snow or parked farther into the street, councilors said.

“The streets become nearly impassable,” Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien said. “Right now they are just not getting cleared.”

Council President Michael Hart agreed, saying one side of some streets doesn’t get plowed for a month at a time.

“A lot of (parked) cars don’t move. They just stay snowed in, and plows can never get that side of the street,” Hart said.

Yesterday — two days after Monday’s storm — several cars were plowed in on the side of Summer Street and other inner city streets, making it impossible for plows to widen the roads.

Hart said there were no problems with clearing streets when the street parking changed each day during the winter — even side on even days, odd side on odd days.

“Obviously that is a little more confusing and takes a little more thinking,” Hart said. “So how do we come up with a resolution?”

Councilors have asked the Public Works Department to consider developing a more effective winter parking program, and to do a better job at pushing snow farther off streets. Michael Stankovich, the city’s new public works director, will review the situation.

Councilor David Hall said part of the problem is that the smaller plows attached to pickup trucks do not push the snow back far enough off the streets. The problem tends to affect the inner city, where people park on the street more often, he said.

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