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Chapter 13. Public Works

Sec. 13-36. Temporary closing of streets.

(1) Noncommercial use. The department of public works shall close any street or portion thereof for a period of not more than five consecutive days, for any noncommercial use thereof by any civic, fraternal, religious, charitable or similar noncommercial organization. The director of public works shall require such organization to place suitable barricades at the ends of the portion of the street so closed, and to hold the city harmless from all damage and all liability for injury to persons or property which might result from such closing, on such terms and conditions as the department of public works deems.

(2) During construction. The board of public works, or any contractor or agent working under the direction of such board, or the holder of a permit issued in accordance with section 14-03 of this Code, is hereby empowered and authorized to close to traffic by the erection of suitable barricades and signs any street or alley which is unfit or unsafe for travel. Barricades shall be provided with warning lights or flares at night. Barricades or signs shall not be moved or removed by any unauthorized person.

(3) Penalty. Any person entering any street or alley which shall have been closed to traffic as provided in subsection (2) of this section or moving or removing any barricade or sign which shall have been erected in accordance with subsection (2) of this section shall, in addition to the penalties provided by section 1-05 of this Code, be liable to the city in the amount of any damages which might be caused to municipal property as a result of such violation.

(Code 1982, 8.13)