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The Fixer: Icy snow between crosswalks and sidewalks a step in the wrong direction

Snow obstructions

Jack Lakey/Toronto Star The area between the end of the crosswalks and the sidewalk at the intersection of Scarborough Golf Club Rd. and Marcella St. is filled with hard-packed snow, a week after the last snowfall.

When a snow plow scrapes away one problem for drivers, it can create another for pedestrians.

There’s been no snow for a week, but we’re still getting complaints about problems with snow removal from the Dec. 26 storm and the two smaller snowfalls that followed.

A reader said snow was plowed onto the side of French Ave. with laneways, instead of the side with no houses, as was always done in the past. Another said snow was heaped around pole-mounted buttons that activate pedestrian crossing signals on Yonge St., making it hard for people to reach them.

The most recent came Tuesday via SeeClickFix, saying the area between pedestrian crossings and sidewalks at Marcella St. and Scarborough Golf Club Rd. is slippery and dangerous.

“Two of the four accesses for the crosswalks at this intersection are not cleared of snow, posing hazards for those with walking implements or difficulty walking,” said a reader named Veejay.

We checked it out and found that snow from the road had been plowed into the space between the sidewalks and where people walk while entering or exiting the pedestrian crossings at three corners.

It looks like the road plow pushed the snow up onto the pedestrian area, but the driver of the smaller sidewalk plow didn’t finish the job.

It’s not very high, but the snow is icy and rock-hard after being tramped down by people clambering over it, and would indeed be a problem for those who use a walker or wheelchair to get around.

And with rain in the forecast for the next few days, the water will make the hard-packed snow treacherous, even for the sure of foot.

STATUS: We’ve sent an email to Trevor Tenn, who’s in charge of road operations in that area, asking if he can arrange for a sidewalk plow to come back and take another run at the snow.

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