Snow creating narrowed roads causing danger for drivers

FARGO, ND. (Valley News Live) - The recent snow in Fargo is causing some residents to worry about drivers barreling down slick streets.

“Even with good tires, I’ve slid about 15 feet,” said Dustin Grandbois.

The weather is also causing the issue of snow building up along the side of these roads causing more narrow lanes for cars to drive on.

“The snow has taken probably four to five feet of the width of the roads because we don't even know where the curbs are right now,” said Grandbois.

Gold Drive in Fargo is just one example of this problem, and it’s escalated by having people from the nearby apartment complex parking on both sides of the street.

“It’s like you are parked in the middle of the road, and then it’s like only one car can pass at a time,” said Molly Sullivan. “This is a busy road, there’s school buses, and there’s a lot of kids around here and a lot of businesses.”

We measured the width between the cars parked on Gold Drive to see how much room there is for cars to drive through, and it was about 18 feet. According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, an average sized car needs about nine feet of driving room, with larger cars needing more.

“Cars will have to wait and basically give another care the right of way,” Grandbois said.

People say that have seen their fair share of close calls as drivers aren’t able to stop on the slippery roads when they realize they don’t have enough room.

“You have cars parking on both sides and then two cars try to come by,” said Allison Krueger. “It gets very dangerous.”

Slick roads, narrowed streets, and people driving too fast can be a dangerous combination.

Officials recommend that people park on one side of the road if possible to help prevent this issue. Also, slowing down is always advised on poor road conditions especially when there are several cars in the area.