South Hill drivers describe side streets as 'sloppy mess'



Posted on March 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 7:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—The City of Spokane plows work on the main streets, but the side streets and residential areas were a different story Monday.

Drivers said the toughest part for them was getting in and out of their neighborhoods. They said it is hard for them because of the berms that plows leave behind.

"Once you're on the side street your fine. It's just getting over the berm to get in,” said driver John Sletty.

Berms were at the entrances of dozens of neighborhoods on the South Hill.

You can see tracks in the snow from drivers who struggled through one berm that measured nearly six inches high.

"It's kind of tough getting around because of the side streets not being plowed,” said Rod with the U.S. Postal Service.

Berms were a challenge for Rod the mail carrier all morning on Monday.

“You have to jump over the berm to deliver the mail,” said Rod.

Neighbors at a community on Freya and Ferrall said their area gets little attention. They described the area as a slushy mess.

"The normal people can't get up and down, there's no traffic here,” said one neighbor.

Drivers said they hoped it would not be too long before the berm walls came down.

The City said it would only be plowing main streets on Monday. Crews only plow residential areas during an all city plow. That is when there is at least six inches of snow on the ground with more on the way.