Today’s problem: KH contacted Fix It about graffiti In the Harborside area on the 50th St. bridge that connects Harborside to Simmons Island.
KH wrote, “This is the worse it has been. This tagging up the stairs is fairly new This area gets tagged all year long. The rocks along the harbor have graffiti too. (It’s) been there all summer. You can see it from the east side of the bridge. It is such an image problem for the area. I don’t think painting over it looks much better. I just don’t understand why the city won’t consider cameras.
“The schools use them with success and I haven’t seen any tagging on the lighthouse since cameras were installed. There is a cost to paint over this and huge cost to the city’s image.” In an earlier e-mail KH wrote, “This graffiti is a constant problem at this location.”
Today’s problem: Rita Hagen wrote, “It seems as though we get one or two new roundabouts each year, yet not a lot of education on how to use them. I have had cars stop dead in the middle of the roundabout, not sure what to do and had others come barreling into it without looking for cars already in it and yielding to them. A few weeks back, my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter were nearly hit by someone who came barreling into it without looking or yielding.”
Hagen wrote that the village of Pleasant Prairie had put information on roundabouts in its newsletter this month. Hagen said, “I thought it was great and wanted to share the information.” Some of that, courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, is listed below.
“I’m afraid of the damn thing,” said Henry J. Rice, Jr., in reference to the leaning wooden utility pole about fifteen feet from his driveway. “I don’t like the way it looks.” Rice said that after the recent snowfalls, “that’s when I noticed it was leaning and after this last rain it’s leaning more.”
Today’s problem: Dumping at Petrifying Springs Park.
On a recent drive through the park, Fix It noticed that all seven of the large trash bins in the park were filled past overflowing with what looked household or business waste. Some of the bins have a warning sign stating that it’s violation of a county ordinance to dump and there is a potential fine or jail time as a consequence. Fix It can see where it might be hard to stop someone from doing this or catch them afterwards.
Today’s problem: Off-road driving on Simmons Island Park, one of the jewels of the City of Kenosha’s lakefront park areas.
Fix It has noticed that over the past couple of years vehicles are leaving the roadway near the park entrance, at the beach and on the hill areas and tearing up the grass and sand. You know, like it’s their own personal muddin’ track. Lately, this has become a constant problem. On a recent drive on the island, Fix It saw several areas of damage.
Today’s problem: Everyone’s favorite railroad line in Kenosha has generated another problem and another set of complaints.
The Union Pacific rail line that cuts at a diagonal northeast to southwest across the central part of the City has a number of rough crossings. Four of these that are still in need of repair were written about in a Fix It round-up of problem crossings that was published in the Kenosha News on October 7, 2016.
Today’s problem: MH wrote “(The) industrial park sign on west 52nd St. west of Hwy. 31 has not been looked at or painted since day one and looks awful. Can you please look at this?”
Observations: Fix It visited the location. The sign MH is referring to is at the older industrial park on Highway 158, not the newer industrial park west of Highway H.
Today’s problem: Ed Groelle wrote Fix It about the Northside Library’s drive-up book return.
“A few years ago, when the Northside Library was renovated, someone decided to play an apparent joke on library users. The (book) return drive-up box is located in the center of a concave arc, which makes returning books from one’s car an impossible task. Evidence of anyone having tried are the back left rear wheel tire marks on the concrete curb. Even if someone could get close enough it would require using the left arm to hold down the door and insert the books, which is a tricky maneuver in itself. Why can’t there be a push-in flap on the box?”
Today’s problem: Fix It covered a house fire on December 12 in the 7900 block of 21st Avenue.
With the arrival of winter and the recent snowstorms, it occurred to Fix It that it would be a good idea for people to check for fire hydrants in their neighborhoods and make an effort to see that they are shoveled out to keep access open for the Fire Deptartment.
Carol Leibhan wrote, “I believe a major contributing factor to the tragic death of the young man on Washington Road (on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016) was the poor lighting on that section of road. As you head east on Washington Road from Highway 31, you’ll find this section of road is very dark. Especially in the area of 55th Avenue, which is poorly marked, down to the (traffic signal) at 47th Avenue.
“Also, the traffic on this section of road has increased significantly in recent years with all the development in the area. In addition, the speed limit on this section of road remains at 45 mph. This is compared to the other major inlets into the city from Highway 31, (52nd St., 60th St., 75th St.) which are all well-lit roads with a lower speed limit. The city (or Somers) I’m not sure (who) controls this section of road, needs to both add lighting and possibly reduce the speed limit in this section of road.”
Today’s problem: Dumping of waste materials in the 7500 block of Springbrook Road in Pleasant Prairie.
This happens every so often on this section of roadway, which is just west of Highway 31 (Green Bay Road.) and east of Highway H (88th Avenue). This area has a few homes, a small cemetery and a sanitary sewer station. Further on is the Lakeview Corporate Park.
Today’s problem: Don Ogden called to complain about the lack of signage marking the intersection of 100th Avenue and 18th Street (Highway L) in the Town and Village of Somers.
Ogden said that there’s no marking of 18th Street when driving on 100th Avenue on approach to that intersection. Ogden says it’s not so much of a problem in the daytime, but at night you have to be prepared to turn and “It’s totally different.” Ogden says it’s difficult to see because there’s no signs for vehicles either northbound or southbound on 100th Avenue.
Today’s problem: Sue Kreger called to complain about the faded or missing lane markings on approach to major intersections that leaves drivers wondering where the through and turn lanes are. Kreger said, “It’s especially dangerous at night, we’re blinded. One of the worst I would have to say is Pershing Boulevard where it meets 80th Street. Is there a left lane there? You can’t really get into that lane until you’re on top of it.”
Kreger said, “In a lot of places it’s not really marked anymore.” Kreger said the city should send somebody to address the problem.
Today’s problem: An anonymous caller said, “I’ve often wondered why on Harrison Road from 48th Avenue to 52nd Street, why parking is allowed on the north side of the street. There is a parking lane on the south side, and cars do park there, but people also park on the north side and when cars get opposite each other, it’s narrowed down to one lane. So I’ve often wondered why there aren’t any no parking signs there. It’s sort of a dangerous situation.”
This location is in the Village of Pleasant Prairie on the west side of the Forest Park neighborhood. There aren’t any parking restrictions posted for either side.
Today’s problem: GB contacted Fix It to complain about the left-turn arrow for eastbound traffic on Washington Road waiting to turn north onto 30th Ave.
GB wrote, “...At 9 a.m. that arrow hasn’t been functional for months...maybe longer. There’s usually a long line of cars trying to turn left, and I invariably sit through at least one light, sometimes two.” And in another e-mail GB wrote, “My experience has been that regardless of how many cars are traveling east on Washington and turning north onto 30th, the arrow only works when there are also cars traveling west on Washington and turning south onto 30th (Avenue).“
Today’s problem: The seemingly never-ending resurfacing of 30th Avenue between 75th Street and Roosevelt Road is back on Fix It’s plate.
Reader Todd Bundies wrote: “The only thing I can say is that there doesn’t seem to be any rush to finish this project. The last couple days there was only a small crew working on some of the pipes. I can’t believe this project will be complete by next Friday, like the News reports.
Today’s problem: JS wrote about the Picnic Area No. 1 at Alford Park: “Just south of Carthage College, on the west side of Alford Park Drive, is a small park. It sits directly across the street from a parking area and swimming beach. This small park butts up against the Pike River on the other side.
“In the past, there had been a wooden pavilion at this park used for picnics, etc. That old pavilion has since been torn down, and nearby a metal shelter was recently constructed. Here's the issue: When they tore down the old pavilion, they left the old concrete foundation and old electrical boxes in place. They did not reuse those items for the new shelter.
Today’s problem: HC called to say, “We’ve got a problem over here on 27th Ave ...We’ve got people on electric wheelchairs and with walkers” from the area senior citizen housing that have to go around a large pothole on an access road on a real estate development in order to get to the shopping center (not the same property) that is nearby.
Observations: Fix It visited the location and, yes, there is a big, honking pothole about 6 feet wide and 2-3 inches deep just to the west of 27th Avenue and south of 18th Street on an access road on the southeast side of the real estate development there. In an ideal situation, pedestrians would probably be better off using the sidewalk that extends to the north for shopping center access rather than this roadway.
Today’s problem: Guida Brown wrote, “...There needs to be a yield sign on Wilson Road for those traveling northeast toward 39th Avenue from the Forest Park area but turning left onto 40th Avenue. As an unmarked intersection, it’s dangerous for those traveling west up Wilson Road when someone is turning onto 40th Avenue, as the turners seem to think they have the right-of-way, though I admit I’m not certain why they would think that. There is a yield sign at the (south) end of 40th Avenue where people would enter onto Wilson Road, but this sign is needed for those actually traveling ON Wilson Road. So my solution would be this sign.”
Observations: This three-way intersection is a block south of 60th St. and a block west of 39th Ave. As most Kenoshans know and as Brown stated, there is already a yield sign for southbound traffic on 40th Ave., but the intersection is otherwise uncontrolled. Brown’s idea is a sign to be installed that says, “Left Turn Yield To Oncoming Traffic.” Another idea would be to also paint that yield sign on the pavement, extending out into the intersection halfway.
Today’s problems: This is a round-up of some recent complaints about Union Pacific railroad crossings in the City of Kenosha. The four crossings mentioned here are rough, with drivers slowing to a crawl while going over them to avoid damaging their vehicles.
Bill Bryant wrote Fix It, “Take a look at the railroad crossing on 45th Ave. south of Harrison Rd. It’s in terrible shape and in need of repair. I have (been) watching this crossing degrade over the past year as more and more vehicles use 45th Avenue to access Highway 50. The asphalt has degraded at the approach and in-between the rails to the point that it’s a danger to not only cars but bicycle traffic. Take a look and you will see what I am taking about. Go slow over the tracks (because) you don’t want to damage your car.”