Many people took advantage of warmer temperatures Thursday to keep removing snow. Like the City of Green Bay, where snow piles are everywhere, including at many street intersections.
In downtown Green Bay – dozens of city crews are cleaning up. Removing snow that has eaten parking spots, buried parking meters and blocked the line of sight at some street intersections.
“Over the last 24 days we’ve gotten nearly 40 inches of snow,” said Green Bay Streets Superintendent Tony Fietzer.
Fietzer of Green Bay Public Works says the snow here was pushed aside while crews attacked our many winter storms.
“As we plow it off, a lot of these streets get narrower and narrower, as the snow storage minimizes, the streets get narrow and the cars can’t park,” Fietzer said.
And in the downtown district – parking is a necessity.
“These are the areas of downtown where we have essential services buildings such as the courthouse, state, county and city buildings,” said Fietzer.
The snow downtown is being trucked off to storage sites to melt. And as for snow piles at intersections, Fietzer says the city is doing what it can to knock them down.
“We’ll be out in the areas trying to take care of those corners. But with limited hours, limited staff and limited equipment we can’t be everywhere at once, and it does fall on the driver to make sure they are responsible,” he said.
A fact these drivers acknowledge.
“Slow down and approach intersections if you can’t see. Be really cautious and also stop going through intersections quickly,” said one man watching the work downtown.
“The city can’t do very much about these big banks in front of driveways. Just be very careful and go out very slow and look again,” said Arnie Miller.
Good advice in a city awash with the white stuff and with spring still 35 days away.