Snow Berms are Cause for Hazard
Big snow piles make drivers nervous
It’s been several weeks since Anchorage was hit with heavy snowfall, but there are still plenty of reminders that winter is far from over.
Snow berms have been popping up across town, and drivers don’t seem to be too happy because they’re blocking streets corners.
“You can’t see so you have to drive farther into mainstream of traffic,” said Anchorage driver Lawrence Sheakley.
He said he’s almost wrecked several times, because he couldn’t see oncoming traffic.
“If you don't clear them off or at least shave them down so you can see the other cars coming – an accident is going to happen.”
Alan Czajikowski, the director for the city’s Maintenance and Operations Department, says it’s trying to keep up with the berms and is aware of the problem.
“Normally we don't have much of a problem until snowfalls like this year, that creates problems at intersections and along the roadways,” he said.
Czajikoski says it’s been a challenge to clean over 1,300 lane miles of roads within the city limits.
“We’ve had snowfall over 90 inches this year; it just takes a lot of effort to move that snow,” he said.
They say it will be some time before it can remove all of the large berms, and are asking for everyone's patience.