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(DLM2512) - Cindy May, 43, shovels her way through several feet of crusty snow and ice as she tries to clear a safe path for her kids to walk to school on the bridge at South Holly Street and Cherry Creek South Drive in Denver, Colo., Wed. Jan. 10, 2007. May's two twin 10-year-old daughters Emily and Elizabeth go to school at McMeen Elementary and walk across the bridge to get home from school everyday. May said she noticed how unsafe the passage was across the bridge as she took her daughters to school and they pointed out how fun it was to walk across the mound of snow that was piled so high that just a low guardrail protected pedestrians from the 20 foot plunge to Cherry Creek below. When she got home she called the 311 hotline to bring the unsafe situation to the attention of the city. She said she was not satisfied with the city's response that it would be cleared, but at an unspecified time. At that point May decided to take matters into her own hands and headed out to the bridge at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to clear a path. Within half an hour a couple of workers from Denver Parks and Recreation showed up and started shoveling at the other side of the bridge. Then Vern Howard an operations supervisor with Parks and Recreation came out to tell May that they were working on getting it cleared, but that it would require a permit to close the road and may take a couple days. He assured her that it would get done and that she did not need to be shoveling. That was not good enough for May because she was worried about her kids walking home from school that day so she continued shoveling. Howard then made a flurry of phone calls and within an hour two plows showed up and cleared the sidewalks. (DARIN MCGREGOR/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) **Cindy May (cq) **Vern Howard (cq) **Emily and Elizabeth May (mom)

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