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February 11, 2014

Snow piles labeled roadway hazards

Mounds at intersections concern city councilor

HAVERHILL — Large mounds of snow at some intersections are making driving dangerous in some parts of Haverhill, City Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien said.

She said some side streets were clogged with mounds where those roads meet main streets. The situation happened after last week’s storm and previous storms, she said.

She said the mounds of snow make it difficult to exit or enter those side streets. The streets are off Main, Lawrence and Summer streets and Lincoln Avenue.

Daly O’Brien said she plans to bring up her concerns at tonight’s council meeting.

“I don’t know who is responsible, but piles of snow are being left at corners and the middle of the road and it causes a lot of problems,” she said. “I’m hoping to find a solution, such as inviting residents to report problems with streets that need to be cleared of snow, just like they can do when reporting potholes.”

She said she noticed the problem in past snow storms, not just last week’s storm.

“I think there’s something simple we can do,” Daly O’Brien said. “People can call and the DPW can look into it, although overall the DPW does a really nice job.”

David Van Dam, Mayor James Fiorentini’s chief of staff, said residents actually have several ways of reporting problems such as streets that weren’t properly cleared of snow. They include calling the mayor’s office, calling the Highway Department or filling out an online request through the mayor’s 24 Hour Constituent Services link on the city’s website, www.ci.haverhill.ma.us. A drop-down box offers a selection of topics residents can report, such as Potholes, Trash Pickup, Sidewalk Repairs and Snow Plowing/Street Sanding.

“If you notice an issue with plowing on your street, let us know and we’ll address it,” Van Dam said. “We’re available 24-7 via the Internet, and the mayor has office hours on Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.”

Beginning today, the city will be removing snow from certain downtown streets where cars parked overnight during last week’s storm and left mounds of snow that froze. Signs were posted and the cleanup is expected to take a few days.

“It turns into almost an igloo, so we need to bring in machinery to remove the ice,” Van Dam said.

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