Snow problems piling up in greenfield


Large snow piles, such as this one on Melody Lane on Greenfield's north side, are obstructing motorists' visibility. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — With no major warm-up yet in sight, Greenfield street employees are facing another complication of one of the worst winters on record: behemoth snow mounds that block the views of motorists.

Facing some piles that are almost as tall as the abominable snowman himself, street commissioner Jim Hahn says his crews are trying to shrink the mounds and clear the curbs as much as possible.

 “It seems like most of the calls that are coming in now are snow plow issues because we are just out of capacity,” Hahn said. “We are at the 5- to 6-foot level of snow that our snow plows won’t push it up any higher.”

Typically, weather patterns allow snow piles to melt before another big storm hits, Hahn explained. Not so this year, with accumulating snowfall becoming a regular nuisance and bitterly cold temperatures lingering daily.

The most obvious trouble spots are at downtown alleys and parking lots; neighborhood cul-de-sacs; and any big-box store whose private contractors push the snow from their large parking lots to the road. But Hahn acknowledges that he doesn’t know every giant in town: He is relying on calls from the public to point out the most dangerous spots.

“I don’t know where they’re all at, and when you do come upon them, you’re like, ‘Wow.’”

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