Snowy sidewalks pose a threat for pedestrians

With all the snow on the sidewalks, getting to your destination can become difficult.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 11:57 PM

UTICA -- With all the snow on the sidewalks, getting to your destination can become difficult.

The snow on the ground makes it difficult to walk, leading people to wonder who's responsible for keeping the sidewalks clear.

Because there is so much snow on the sidewalks, pedestrians are forced to walk in the street and put themselves at risk of being hit by a car.

We talked to Police Chief, Mark Williams, who says homeowners are responsible for clearing their own sidewalks, while the city is responsible for any city owned sidewalks.

"We recommend to avoid people walking in the roadway," Williams said. "That the homeowners or the business owners clear the path of the sidewalk so people can walk on the sidewalks rather than the streets and create a dangerous situation."

The police chief is encouraging homeowners and business owners to think about the safety of pedestrians.

If you have a sidewalk in front of your home in the City of Utica, you are responsible for shoveling.

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