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Dangerous Intersection

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Dangerous Intersection

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
December 26, 2008

Route 47

For the time being you might want to avoid the intersection of Donovan and Route 47, by the Donovan Food Mart.

When a driver pulls up to the stop sign on Donovan, he cannot see southbound vehicles on Route 47 at a safe distance until he pulls out into the intersection. This is due to the high pile of snow pushed near the street by the private snowplow clearing the Food Mart's parking lot.

This snow is not the first time this has happened. Click on the photo to enlarge it and imagine the danger if you had pulled out in front of a car or truck traveling 35MPH south on Seminary! (Click the Back button on your browser to return to this article.)

I emailed various departments of the City to contact the Food Mart owner or manager to ask him to direct the snowplow operator not to push snow in such a way that it obstructs the sight-line of drivers on Donovan. Over the past few days the streets have been slick at intersections, reducing traction of vehicles turning out from side streets. You can imagine the problem if a driver starts to pull out, can't get good traction and finds him right in front of a southbound car or truck.

Jeff Van Landuyt of the Streets Department replied promptly (in spite of busy and long days (and nights)) that he'd try to check it out today. Thanks, Jeff!

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