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Shorewood Curbs Will Be Threat to Life & Limb When Hidden Under Snow !!

DPW, Parking, Shorewood Curbs, Snow Hazards, Streetscape, Village Administration, Walkable

Back in the summer when the "Shorewood Curbs" started to be installed around the trees on Oakland Avenue ---  it became very obvious that the curbs were too high and would not allow car doors to be opened.

Rather than stop the installation of the curbs and modify or re-design them, Villager Manager Chris Swartz  said the Village would  continue to install the curbs, and take a "wait and see" approach to see if there was a need to modify them later.

Now a New Problem has become evident with the "Shorewood Curbs" --- they are not flat and have a very steep slant to them.

The snow has not quite been deep enough yet, but as you can see from the pictures below, the curbs will eventually be covered with snow, and become a hidden hazard.

Anyone stepping on one of those slanted curbs, covered with snow, will be risking a broken ankle, leg or worse !!

( WARNING -- up to 8 Inches of snow forecast next couple of days)

As we continue to take a "wait and see" attitude about the curbs, I would suggest that the DPW put markers up around the curbs, warning of the hidden hazard. 

 PICTURE FROM SUMMER WHEN CURBS WERE FIRST BEING INSTALLED

 

CURBS ARE ALMOST COVERED IN LAST SNOWFALL

 

 CURBING MAKES WHEELCHAIR ACCESS A LOT HARDER

 

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