Minot residents say they’re driving carefully to avoid accidents due to tall snowbanks blocking intersections.
“I have to take my time, edge the nose out to make sure that I can see what’s coming my way.”
“It’s difficult sometimes because even in the taller vehicles like I drive, you can’t see around the corners, you can’t see oncoming traffic, it makes it difficult.”
“Thinking that you’re going to get hit, that’s definitely an issue.”
“It would be nice if they could move to get some of that snow moved back in order to offer some safer access onto a lot of the streets.”
That’s why the city is hard at work to clear those corner blind spots.
(Derek Hackett/Public Information Officer) “Right now we are working as we go from road to road clearing all of the intersections.”
“Yeah, they’re hard to see. Waiting for accidents to happen. Just taking my time.”
(Hackett) “I was sitting at a yield sign over by Edison and one vehicle smashed into another vehicle and they both ineffectively smashed into me, so accidents are happening.”
For the time being, as public works makes their way through town, remember this:
“Just kind of inch through, inch forward. Make sure that everything’s good to go.”
“Sometimes on the ones that you can’t see around, you just kind of sneak out there a little bit as far as you can and have a look to see and hopefully everything is going well there.”
(Hackett) “We do ask that people use a little bit of extra precaution as they’re out driving, especially in the intersections. Don’t take a right of way just for granted. Look both ways, look both ways again and really just be mindful of your surroundings.”