MOUNT VERNON — Walking in winter can be a hazardous undertaking, especially when the snow falls as fast as it did last week. When sidewalks get blasted with street snow thrown up by snowplows, the situation can be even trickier.
While city crews are responsible for clearing the snow from the roadways, individual property owners are responsible for keeping their sidewalks snow-free and safe. Even if a home is unoccupied, the owner is still responsible for sidewalk snow removal.
Many homeowners are having trouble keeping up with that task, and the difficulty seems most evident along Coshocton Avenue where new sidewalks were recently installed as part of the widening and safety project.
“As far as snow goes, the new Coshocton Avenue sidewalks are no different than the ones that were there,” said Safety Service Director Dave Glass. “They are right there alongside the street where they get plowed up on. So they need to be cleaned more often.”
The problem is, when the plowed snow is thrown onto the sidewalk, it is often slushy, wet and heavy, packs down and freezes solid as a rock. That makes it even more difficult to clear the affected sidewalk.
One long-time Coshocton Avenue resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said snowplows throwing snow up on the sidewalk has been an issue there for years.
“It’s a terrible nuisance. They used to even throw it up on our porch. It’s bad enough when it’s snow, but when it gets slushy, it’s dirty and it goes further.”
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