Frustrations Mount as Snow Mounds Pile Up

Winter storm remnants causing hazards for motorists and pedestrians.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
Winter storms that have buried the region have now left high mounds of snow as the latest obstacle for North Jersey residents.

It's a "scary" situation for many motorists and pedestrians, and a few more inches of snow are expected this week.

The high mounds have created hazards for drivers pulling onto highways, while shoppers have trouble navigating parking lots and some pedestrians have been forced to walk in the street.

"This is scary," one Route 17 motorist told NorthJersey.com. "The snow is piled so high, you have to pull practically into the highway to see the cars coming. It’s ridiculous."

Many North Jersey counties and municipalities have attempted to remove the mounds with front loaders piling the snow into dump trucks to be transported to open space areas. However, there is so much snow and not enough time to get rid of it all, according to NorthJersey.com.

Those mounds could get a bit higher this week with as much as 3 inches of snow possible Monday into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

"You’ve got to be really careful because the mounds are so high, especially coming out of a side street," a motorist told CBS New York. "Yeah, it’s an accident waiting to happen."

How have the mounds of snow impacted you? Tell us in the comments. (Note: This post is shared across Patch sites in North Jersey).
Mike Bolger February 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM
West Caldwell DPW has done a terrific job with snow removal during a horrible winter season- thanks! All of the towns in the West Essex area have done great work keeping the streets safe and passable.
LookinOutLady February 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Why are people allowed to park on the streets? In the Cedars it is difficult enough with no snow piled on the sides of the roads...now it is almost impossible to get through. If you hit a patch of ice, you'll slide into car and it'll be your fault. If you have a driveway, use it. Don't be inconsiderate of drivers and most of all, folks having to walk in the street because there are no sidewalks.
Michael J. Klatsky February 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM
The road is a shared place, for walking people, bikers, dogs, motor vehicle drivers and vehicle storage.
Michael J. Klatsky February 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I think this is revealing the structural problems with the auto orientation development experiment. Car dependency is bad for everyone, because a snowstorm or two turns elderly into shut ins, business takes a vacation day, schools stop, ect. We need to have more options for traveling to the places we need to go on a daily basis other than just the car.
SPky February 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM
The snow isnt half as bad as the thaw could be. Great Job to the guys plowing in Jefferson. The roads are clear and passable.
Angela Ohanian February 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM
This is to LookinOutLady why don't you mind your own business maybe there are reasons people park in the street even if they have a driveway. I live on Forest Drive and we have a very small driveway and we have four cars, plus our tenants have cars plus the arrogant people that live on Belleville Avenue think they have squatters' rights and park their cars on our block so Forest Drive is lock a parking lot for cars that do not belong there and if the police would crack down on them, maybe we would be able to have enough parking spaces for our cars. I don't have a 100' driveway like my neighbor does, if I did, I wouldn't have the police put a blue handicapped spot in front of my house especially since no one in that house was handicapped, but I guess she has friends at city hall. My husband is handicapped and we don't have a handicapped spot yet they put one there just so my family cannot park their cars there. My husband is very sick and we have caregivers constantly coming to our house and there is no place for them to park, maybe I should ask if I can use her illegal handicapped spot for their cars? I should go to the Bloomfield police and ask them to have the guy with the commercial van that has been parked on Forest Drive for the past two years illegally to remove his car. Maybe if the Bloomfield Police would do their job and make him remove his van we would have one more spot. I hate to be nasty but people need to understand their are reasons why people cannot use their driveways and it has nothing to do with being lazy or spiteful. And, if the stupid plow drivers would not pile the snow in front of the driveways as they are plowing, maybe that might help things a bit for handicappd people to step over piles of snow and fall on their asses. Why not get all the unemployed in Bloomfield and put them to work shoveling for the township? Let them earn their unemployment checks and food stamps.
Mark Lipinski February 17, 2014 at 02:02 PM
I can't complain. The crews in Washington Township/Long Valley always do an outstanding job. Clean up after the recent series of storms were no exception.
Angela Ohanian February 17, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Bravo for Michael J. Klatsky - I echo your sentiments. As a non-driver myself, (even though I have a car that people complain about it being parked in front of our house!) I would welcome a service that would help me to get around, I would gladly pay instead of depending on local car service with their dilapidated cars, nasty drivers and poor service. I had to wait an hour the other day for a car to do some errands and its ridiculous. Thank you Michael!
Brown trl February 17, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Hopatcong always does a great job, you can actually see the difference between Hopatcong and landing, Sussex County knows how to plow !!!
Jon Semcer February 17, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Angela --- we have the same problem on Elm, Church and East Church. There are families who live on Belleville Ave who have driveways but park on Elm ( all weekend, in the yellow curb, and in front of our home) we have had meetings with the chief ,signed petitions ( over 50 % of the legal residents of Elm, Church and East Church singed it) asking for strict enforcement, parking decals for residents only , no over night parking and a speed study. It took 3 months to do a speed study and the results were there are no speeders on Elm ( of course the study was done over Thanksgiving break). Recently, we had a meeting with the mayor --- no solutions. We now have cars half way in the street and the police tell us as long as cars can get by there is no problem. It is worse on Beach -- has become a one way. The town does not enforce their parking regulations ---for this we pay $12,000 + a year in taxes.
jtduck February 17, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Park you cars there before the intruders do.
S. Carter February 17, 2014 at 04:41 PM
I'd like to thank South Orange's DPW. I've seen them working tirelessly to clear our roads. We have a huge snow mound on Hart Drive's corner, but it's not unusual given the number of storms we've had this winter. Nevertheless, we're all in this together and my neighbors have been swell.
Angela Ohanian February 17, 2014 at 05:00 PM
This is for Jon Semcer - thank you for your response. Well the "squatters and parkers" from Belleville Avenue live in the condos and apartments there and they don't have parking spaces or don't want to pay for them as long as they can park on Forest Drive. Not only do they want to park on Forest Drive but they were parking and cutting across our corner property to get to their apartments I had to put a gate with a lock to stop them! We have an issue now because of the snow and I am going to complain loud and hard like my next door neighbor did to get a blue box in front of my house which would be legal since my husband is handicapped and now is very sick and homebound and the healthcare workers need to be able to find a place to park if they cannot park in our driveway. Enough is enough with these interlopers. Mind you, even if there is a space in front of someone's house, they don't mind if strangers park there but if my family parks there its an issue thanks to a couple of busy body troublesome neighbors who are married to their driveways - they should find a husband instead! Bloomfield needs to crack down on home owners that pay taxes - oh yes, we pay $14,000 for one house and $12,000 a year for the other, which has 4 parking spaces and we have to hold them with cars, pails and a dead body if we want to keep them clear! The huge commercial van has to go and the loudmouth who owns it needs to either buy a spot where he has his condo or park it somewhere else. Wasn't there a law passed that commercial vehicles need a permit to park 24/7 in the street? I have to inquire about this because he is pissing me off big time. But naturally laws are never enforced in Bloomfield if you have "connections."
Irving Schlatter February 17, 2014 at 05:06 PM
A big tip of the hat to Al Neggia of the Fair Lawn DPW crew, Beshaw and others who took the bull by the horns these last storms and kept our streets clean !
Jon Semcer February 17, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Angela --- make as much noise as you can!! Someone at Town Hall will hear you I had emailed the mayor and told him he will have one chance ( one term ) to turn the corner here or his administration will be viewed as a failure.
Bergen resident February 17, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Ramsey DPW is doing the best they can given the circumstances. Long hours and lots of snow.
jojo February 17, 2014 at 06:45 PM
I don't understand why there is no salt available anywhere. Also, I see the signs posting No Parking When Road is Snow Covered and have to laugh. Bloomfield, no enforcement at all.
gina s. February 17, 2014 at 09:35 PM
All those complaining about DPW....allow me to give you my perspective as my husband works for a local DPW. They work incredibly long hours, getting called in the middle of the night, being away from their families for days. Then, when they do come home, they are so out of sorts, it takes another couple of days to recoup. They don't get paid tons of money for what they do...and don't tell me the benefits because what we pay for our health insurance is probably more than the average family. Yes, they chose their occupation, so deal with it it just really ticks me off when certain people complain about the roads. Stay off the roads and let them do their job. The snow on the end of your driveway...where would you like them to put it? Go out and shovel it on your lawn and not back into the street so it gets pushed back in front of your driveway again. Oh and as far as your driveway, I don't want to hear it because I have to go out and shovel every time it snows since my husband is out plowing your street.
Angela Ohanian February 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Greetings to Gina - I am not complaining at all about the DPW of Bloomfield, I have no lawn to shovel the snow onto. I am a partially handicapped senior citizen and my husband cannot shovel either. I recruit local car service drivers when I can and my son when he is available to shovel - this has been an especially difficult time and I certainly do appreciate the dedication of the DPW. My frustration at this point is directed to the people who do not live on Forest Drive and who insist on parking their cars here and leave us no place to park. My frustration was with neighbors who have an issue with us parking our cars on the street even if they have long driveways and self proclaimed handicapped spots. And I realize that the plows have no place to put the snow but to block driveways, it is still difficult to have to shovel all that snow. When I was younger, I actually enjoyed shoveling snow and being out in it, but now I cannot and it is problematic. Please do not judge everyone's place in time with your own. God bless you that you can shovel, I wish I could too. My frustration is also with the police department and township who allow people to park on Forest Drive even if they do not live here and do not enforce the commercial van 24/7 law. My complaint was not directed at the DPW. Buy a Powerball ticket - its up to $400 million, maybe your husband can retire and you will move to a warmer climate and all problems will be solved! Happy shoveling!
Elaine Trucksess February 18, 2014 at 08:21 AM
All changes come from voting. As is clearly evident, the good people of Bloomfield approach the polls much like an abused woman. They are afraid of repercussions and blindly vote for the very same people who ignore them, saying......"But I LOVE him!".....as they pull the lever. Have you tried the "wonderful" Neighbor to Neighbor Network? I believe they are located in city hall. Good luck in your endeavors even though they are pretty much a hopeless waste of time.
Jon Semcer February 18, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Elaine and jojo --- great posts. Both of you are on target with your comments.
L42 February 18, 2014 at 08:28 AM
thanks. not all of us have extra cash to pay for snow removal, as we're shoveling the money into unaffordable caregiving or other survival expenses. we older people do get out there and shovel snow as much as we are able. it's hard to lift heavy frozen mountains of snow onto the lawn. we do not throw it back in the street. we're not complaining about the long hours of work the borough puts in. just don't assume everyone is physically or financially capable of heavy lifting, or that we are lazy. i used to work outdoors doing heavy labor for a living, and had to give that up to caregive, a job that sometimes requires hours of snow-shoveling in order to get an elderly patient out to doctors in a timely manner. so i know what hard work is. all i'm saying is, not all of us are in the same situation, and we all do what we are able.
Angela Ohanian February 18, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Thank you LA2 for your perspective. Its on point. Its difficult for young and capable to see things from the eyes of an elderly, disabled or caregiver perspective. We depend on people to help us and if we sometimes have to pay them that is part a parcel of the deal. Good luck with your snow removal. Maybe towns should provide a service of snow removal and shoveling for elderly in the winter. We certainly pay enough taxes here in Bloomfield and Essex County for that matter.
Jon Semcer February 18, 2014 at 09:02 AM
What is amazing is there are signs posted on many streets in Bloomfield that say," no parking when snow covered". Yet, cars park -- no enforcement. It seems to me that we are paying for services that are not provided: snow plowing, street cleaning and the enforcement of parking/ traffic laws to improve the quality of life and provide for a safe environment. Not providing services when you are paid in advance ( taxes) sounds like stealing to me.
Josh Dubnick February 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM
L42 and others--I think in some towns there's a registry where high school kids (or others) can sign up as willing to volunteer their service to seniors and others who may need help with snow removal. I remember reading of this in Hopatcong several years ago but I don't know if it still exists. If your town has a senior center or similar organization, it may be worth checking with them.
Chooch February 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM
It's hard to walk the dog, without fear of getting hit by a car.
Shamrock1224 February 18, 2014 at 02:38 PM
I live in Maplewood - 2 blocks from Tuscan School. People come down our block (Sommer Ave) too fast, and they truly cannot see the people walking in the road towards the school because of the snow piles. I notified our DPW, who told me they have no place to remove the snow to, as there are chemicals in it. I also notified the Maplewood PD, because some of the parents have almost come to blows with each other over the parking, and dropping their kids at the school. They are in too much of a hurry, so they don't use the drop off zone. Cars are parked on both sides of Osborne Terr, which leaves only one lane to go to and from the school. Last week the language coming from some of the cars, I cannot repeat. I pray for a heat wave! :)
Angela Ohanian February 18, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Okay, here is the best yet. I guess a few of my nosey troublemaking neighbors must have read my posts because the police rang my bell today and said that if we did not move my son's car that is blocked in ice and covered with snow - parked in front of our house no less - it would be towed away! Apparently someone complained. This lousy little dead end block of Forest Drive has the most nasty and spiteful jealous people living here. My husband was blocked by the police cars while my brother-in-law was trying to pick him up to take him for his chemo this morning. As if I did not have enough trouble in my life. Whoever did that should rot in hell and I am filing a complaint of harassment. I hope whoever complained breaks their leg in the snow. What a horrible place to live!
Gregg February 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM
If they could make all the snow into snow cones.... Maybe Christy could go around and eat them all. That would solve the problem.
callenlm February 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM
Gregg how old are you? What a stupid comment!


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