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Who's responsible for clearing covered up stop signs?

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- It's a driving danger that can lead to accidents. Stop signs at intersections, covered up by trees and brush.

One viewer says it happens often at a Kennewick intersection, and she wants to know who's responsible for keeping those signs clear.

On Wednesday, we told you about an accident on Neel Street that was caused by a driver who blew through a stop sign.

Our viewer says a stop sign on Neel is covered up by branches, making it hard to see.

Her question was, who's responsible for making the sign visible? It's a question we asked the City of Kennewick.

"It is the obligation of the property owner to keep these signs visible and not have their vegetation obscuring the signs," explains Evelyn Lusignan of the City of Kennewick.

According to city code enforcement, officers took pictures of the stop sign and tree and have contacted the home owner to fix the problem.

The city says owners who don't fix the problem could face fines starting in the hundreds of dollars.