Snow banks causing issues for drivers

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WAUSAU, Wis (WSAW) -- Drivers throughout the Wausau area say they are having a hard time seeing over snow banks left from last week’s snowfall.

With more snow in the forecast, the Department of Public Works says they are aware of the issue and are working overtime to solve it before the next snowstorm.

“Our crews are tuckered out,” explained Ric Mohelnitzky, Superintendent with the Wausau Department of Public Works. “We are getting to the point where we may need to allow our crew to have some time off because of the anticipation of more snow.”

The City of Wausau currently owns 26 plows which each have their own routs to clear. Many plow drivers have not had a day off and work eight to ten-hour shifts a day. Some plows have been ordered to remove the snow from their routs and drop it off at a disposal location to help visibility on the road.

“Our snowdrop locations are about half full right now, and for the last two weeks they were empty and now they are getting quite full,” added Mohelnitzky.

Drivers say the roads are clear and the salt placed on the roads helps, but not being able to see past the snowbanks are causing a bigger concern.

“Just be a cautious driver,” stated Lenda Pettis as she gassed up her vehicle. “Snow banks are very hard to see over.”

The City of Wausau asks drivers to contact the Department of Public Works to let them know if there is a location that may need snow removed or plowed. You can call (715) 261-6530.

Department of Public Works also says to make sure trash cans are not placed in the street especially during snowfall; it hinders the snow plow process.