Neighbors struggle with berms, city says it’s inevitable

Neighbors struggle with berms, city says it’s inevitable

Spokane road crews have been out all week, working overtime to clear the roads as quickly as possible.

The city asks drivers to play our part by moving cars out of the plow’s way.

“We do ask as much as part of our policy to have people move their cars to one side or the other. This year is an even year, so put your car on the even side of the street,” said director of City Streets Mark Serbousek.

The practice gives plows more room, and is supposed to keep cars from being heavily bermed..

“This does not mean you’re not going to have a berm,” Serbousek said.

“What it does is that it opens up our streets so we can get everybody on one side so were not switching back and forth with cars on both sides of the road it makes it much easier,” he said.

It’s part of their policy, but it’s not perfect.

Robert Winchell woke up to a bummer of a birthday present yesterday.

He asked not to go on camera but sent us pictures because he was upset.

Winchell parked on the even side of Beacon Street to avoid being plowed in, but his car was so bermed he needed a pick ax to break himself out.

Without some serious shoveling, the van parked behind him might not be free for months.

The weird part:: Cars on the odd side of Beacon are bermed in, but not nearly as significantly.

Winchell said in his email that he respects the road crews, but he’s confused and frustrated.

The city told us it’s all part of the process.

“Just be patient with us. We got snow, we’re getting through it as fast as we can. Everyone wants us to get to their area as quick as we can and we’re moving as fast as we can at this point in time,” Serbousek said.

If you or someone you know needs help shovelling your way out, dial 211 for a list of resources.