Long stretch of solid ice causing problems for businesses in western Colorado Springs

A long stretch of hard slippery ice blocks the driveway to several businesses/Kalyn McMackinFOX21
A long stretch of hard slippery ice blocks the driveway to several businesses/Kalyn McMackinFOX21

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A large section of solid ice continues to create hazards on North 8th Street near Walmart. The ice patch is nearly 100 yards long and in some areas is more than five feet across and several inches thick.

“It’s scary with all the cars going fast,” said Jalissa Sanchez, owner of Pepa’s Mexican Bar and Grill.

The ice is blocking nearly the entire right turn lane along North 8th Street just across from Bear Creek Park.

“I tried to fix it myself with some salt and some sand and it worked a little bit on this side but not so much up,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez said Pepa’s is taking a hit in business due to the ice patches in their driveway, making it difficult for customers to come and go.

“They would either try and go out and they would spin out and I mean it’s dangerous,” said Sanchez. “As soon as we opened and started picking up clientele, the ice would slow them down tremendously.”

Sanchez said she drives a small sedan which can’t even make it up the driveway.

“With the ice, I might as well park it on the street because there’s no way for me to get up that ice patch. It’s horrible,” said Sanchez.

She’s hoping the city will ultimately come out and remove it.

“It would help us all in the long run,” she said. “It would help my business and it would help the customers to be safe.”

FOX21 contacted the city, but no one was available to speak on the matter. They did mention they are aware of the fact there is more ice on the road and encouraged anyone with a problem area to call the city streets division.

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