Ignoring barricades a damaging decision

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL

This mid-road sinkhole is a LOT worse than it looks. It appears to run diagonally shoulder-to-shoulder under the roadway’s surface for some 25 feet. Photo by CLIFF HILL

Scofflaws removing barricades from either end of a roadway known as Rum Creek Crossings could expose themselves and others, along with their vehicles, to a world of hurt.

Rum Creek Crossings, entered off Courtland Dr. NE, gains access to the rear of the MVP Sports Club business complex. However, the street/driveway is not a City of Rockford street but rather a roadway surface wholly owned by Hillview Townhouses (operated under the auspices of Hope Network).

Last week a large sinkhole appeared in the center of the road’s surface. Upon close inspection, it appears the sinkhole runs diagonally underneath the asphalt surface from shoulder to shoulder for a distance of approximately 25 feet.

At the time, barricades were placed at both ends of the street to block through traffic. Additionally, an orange traffic cone was placed in the sinkhole and was highlighted by yellow warning tape straddling the dangerous area.

Apparently some people have a better idea. Repeatedly they have been removing the barricades and cutting the tape to exit or gain access to the business complex.

This is foolish and dangerous business as the complex has a divided 2-way main entrance off of 10 Mile Road.

Those that remove the barricades could find their vehicle the one that finally breaks through the remaining road surface resulting in possible vehicle damage and physical injury. Worse yet, they expose other innocent and unknowing motor vehicle operators and their passengers to the same fate.

Repairs have been scheduled. In the meantime honor the barricades, they have been placed there for the protection of all.

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