Snow piles could lead to terrible traffic

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Experts are warning Tuesday could be another of those terrible traffic Tuesdays. The holiday's over, school's back in session, and there are still big piles of snow next to some intersections.

People can't even see if there's even any traffic coming until they edge out into it. The sight lines are horrible.

At Wisconsin and Willard Avenues, right in the heart of the busy Friendship Heights business district, an eight or nine foot pile of snow left motorists unable to see pedestrians as they rounded the corner.

"That's not safe," Anne Vinson said, who was eyeing the traffic warily.

Across the region, crews have been struggling to sweep the snow right turn lanes and merge points. But after an exhausting round of weather, and with a little more snow coming, they've not been altogether successful.

"This has the potential to be a real challenge," WUSA9 Traffic Expert Monica Samtani says. "If you look closely, you see this shoulder, and then none." She says, pointing to a traffic camera on Briggs Chaney Rd near New Hampshire Ave. "This is one car going by. Imagine a full morning commute."

Samtani says a lot of roads still need the snow pushed back.

In addition, some of the sidewalks remain unshoveled, including sidewalks along Foxhall Rd, one of the DC's swankiest neighborhoods. "Ostensibly they're doing their best, but it's a pain in the butt," a dog walker told us.

Many of the road crews are taking a much needed breather before the next round of snow. So you are unlikely to see much improvement before you head out Tuesday morning.


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