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Pile of snow impacting flow of traffic set to be removed

Posted at 6:59 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 07:59:14-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A giant pile of snow in Little Italy on the corner of 7th and Pierce is causing an inconvenience for residents.

The pile, which has been there for about a week, was illegally dumped on the corner by private contractors according to Omaha Public Works.

In a statement to 3 News Now, Todd Pfitzer, the city's engineer, said the landowner who had it placed there can either remove it themselves or the city will remove it and charge them. Pfitzer said they are finding ways to enforce such actions because it's dangerous for the community.

PJ Morgan real estate and the board of directors for Towns of Little Italy are having the snow pile removed. They told 3 News Now that it is scheduled to be removed by Friday, January 8.

Residents say the mass is inconvenient.

"For those people that would like to use pierce street are now befuddled with the snowbank and that makes it a one-way street going here north and south," Pat Venditte, a Little Italy resident, said.

Venditte said it makes the already impacted flow of traffic even more difficult.

"The one-way sign that exists from 8th street east to 6th street makes it very difficult for many residents in little Italy. The city at one time told the residents that once the construction was complete on second and pierce then the traffic would go back to normal to two way," Venditte said.