Snow piles should not obstruct motorists’ view

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — If workers weren’t having enough trouble just trying to keep local roads and other areas clear of snow and ice, there’s now a new problem: Those piles of plowed snow from parking lots are coming a little too close to local roads.

Boardman Road Superintendent Larry Wilson said his office has started getting some complaints this week from motorists having trouble seeing over the mounds, in particular on Market Street. In a couple instances, road crews had to clear away the snow and ice from intersections.

Wilson said the snow piles should not be any higher than 4 or 5 feet and offered some advice to business owners who hire private snow plow companies.

“When they do have these guys come in and do their lots, that we’d like to at least keep them down, or spread it out, to where it’s viewable because it is a sight obstruction,” Wilson said. “If they have to pile it up, to pile back further away from the intersection so that somebody moving up to an intersection could actually see to get out. Because it will cause an accident or two.”

Taking a drive along Market Street Friday afternoon, our news crew found a number of spots where drivers would have a hard time seeing what’s coming toward them because of the snow piles. Wilson said while his staff is contacting businesses to ask them to push the snow away from driveways and intersections, he warns they could eventually be cited if the problems continue.

“If we continue with the winter like we’re having right now, and it continues where it is cold, where the snow won’t melt, then it’s going to pile up even further because these guys are going to run out of places to put it,” Wilson said.

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