Every year the City of Stanwood receives multiple complaints about trees, shrubs, fences, and other objects that either block the vision of drivers at intersections or overhang the sidewalk impeding pedestrians.
Overgrown vegetation or other obstruction impedes the safe flow of traffic when it blocks our view of traffic signs, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles. If vegetation or other objects are blocking visibility in the street or at an intersection or obscuring a traffic sign, it is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner or resident to trim the vegetation or remove the object.
All intersections must have clear visibility on all corners for pedestrians and vehicles, even if no traffic signs or signals are present. If the City is notified that there might be a visibility problem at your corner, we will contact you as a reminder to keep nearby vegetation trimmed or remove the obstruction.