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Large snow piles blocking vision for drivers in Columbia

A majority of the main roads in Columbia have been cleared from the Sunday snow, but with such cold temperatures this week, not all the snow has been melting.

ABC 17 News went to check out one of the trouble spots on Bernadette Drive near Columbia Mall Thursday evening after complaints about a large snow mound near the road.

Since the snow is so tall, some drivers have been in close calls Thursday; not being able to see across and oncoming traffic.

ABC 17 spoke with mall security Thursday who said they do plow their own parking lot and aren’t aware of any ordinances or regulations about the way they are supposed to pile up snow.

We also called the the City of Columbia to check if there is any ordinance regarding snow mounds or the placement of snow cleared off the road.

Director of Public Works John Glascock said on city property Public Works has to make sure snow or other obstructions are a driver’s eye level.

However, since this mound is on private property, Glascock said there is nothing the city can really do about it.

This is a well traveled area of the city, especially around 5:00 p.m.

Columbia Public Works said it will bring in a partial crew at 7:00 Thursday night to treat priority routes in response to the little bit of snow in the forecast Thursday evening.

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