Snow Banks Hide Cars And Pedestrians

Snow is really piling up along roads making it dangerous for drivers and pedestrians especially around corners.
Trying to turn out safely into traffic with mounds as high as people can force drivers to put their car into the middle of the road.

"We've lived here about 30 years and this is probably one of the highest I've seen the snowbanks," said Wausau homeowner, Neil Niemuyer.

He has been keeping up with the shoveling for him and his neighbors, and he said it's a daily chore.

"We get the present from the plow. Once we get done shoveling then the plows come by and they fill in all of the edges at the end of our driveway," he said.

Cold conditions have been keeping snow in place and more snowfall has added to the difficulty for workers to cut back the banks.

"It is dangerous because when you come to a corner and if you have a car that's kind of low down, unless you have an SUV like that, you don't see the other car coming," said Niemuyer.

When it snows, Duane Gau, director of the Public Works Department in Kronenwetter said, it's roads, not banks taking first priority.

"Our problem is we're opening roadways first. And we have limited time of operators. Some have been going 16 hours straight," he said.

Gau said he has been getting complaints about some very high banks at dangerous intersections.

"As soon as we can stop pushing snow, we can work on our more serious ones," he said.

Many public works departments are looking to start cutting down banks starting Sunday and Monday.

Drivers also need to look out for pedestrians, especially children who would have no chance of seeing oncoming cars.
The Gau said pedestrians should peak around the banks before crossing roadways and drivers need to drive more slowly.


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