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Snow Drifts Make for Difficult Driving

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With the new snow the battle to keep roads and sidewalks clear continues, especially after the winter blast over the weekend.

Crews are working around the clock to finish residential areas and open up all lanes on major roads.

But there are safety issues that are not being addressed just yet.

Cars seem to appear from nowhere if you sit at the corner of 18th Street and Gold Drive in South Fargo.

Drivers have to inch their way forward to see what is going on.

Some have to pull halfway into the intersections to be able to see both ways.

Alicia Rohde says it becomes a matter of, "Should I go. I can't see anyone, so I'm not really sure."

Rohde among other drivers wonder if city crews can push the banks over a bit or get rid of them altogether.

Mark Williams, Public Works Services Manager for the City of Fargo says, "Our primary goal initially is to make sure we have all lanes accessible on our primaries and secondaries to provide access for emergency services."

Williams says, while the corners are a concern, there are other needs to be met first.

Those include clearing all primary roads like 13th Avenue, University and Main Avenue. Then secondary roads and residential areas are cleared.

"Once we get that work done, then we start working on our visibility issues," says Williams.

To reach that point, however, it could take up to two weeks with crews working around the clock, especially with all the snow we have now.

Williams' best advice for drivers is to use caution and be patient.

One thing to also keep in mind is the City of Fargo is only responsible for snow from curb to curb on the roads. Piles of snow in apartment complexes are the complex owner's responsibility. Piles of snow at the end of your driveway and in your boulevard are your responsibility.

When crews do clear corners, they do not clear every one. They typically clear ones that stand out to them and ones they get calls about.

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