Today’s problem: Dumped televisions in a wetland on the south side of the 9100 block of Highway ML (122nd Street ) in Pleasant Prairie. This is just west of Highway H (88th Avenue) and just east of the Canadian Pacific/Amtrak railroad tracks.
Fix It noticed the TVs while bicycling by the area, which is near the Des Plaines River. They’re on the bottom of moderate incline just off the side of ML, in a spot where it would be hard to see them from a vehicle on the road.
The area is often used by birds as a stopping point. Fix It has seen as many as five egrets gathered there together at one time. Blue herons and sandhill cranes also stop there. There’s other wildlife around, too. In a few weeks, you can pass by and hear the spring peeper frogs ribbiting away, a sure sign of spring.
Today’s problem: A Fix It article published Feb. 24, took a look at the abandoned gas station at 704 75th St. The story also mentioned the second famous abandonded gas station at 8004 22nd Ave. in the City of Kenosha. This property was written about in detail in a Fix It article originally published on April 1.
At that time readers Dean and Marilyn Jensen wrote Fix It, “For some time now, the vacant gas station/garage at the corner of 22nd Avenue and 80th Street has sat idle. The exterior of the building is in poor condition as is the parking area and blacktop around the entire building. And one can only guess what is happening inside of the building! From the outside it appears that shelves still have items on them and the floor is littered with junk. The inside is deplorable. Who is responsible for this? If it is no longer going to be used for its intended purpose, then it should be removed. Even the gas price signs let you know that it has been vacant, and not in use for quite sometime. It would be so nice to see the area cleaned up, demolish the building/garage and allow that corner to at least look respectable, especially for the neighboring areas.”
Today’s problem: Wayne Hanson wrote about a sidewalk in Forest Park.
Hanson wrote, “The sidewalk that runs through center of Forest Park park has a section cut out. Wheelchairs, strollers, skateboarders and bikes have to navigate this cut out. All other sidewalks around the park are wheelchair accessible.”
Today’s problem: BS wrote, “North- and southbound Alford Park Drive is a series of long curves between the Pike River and Carthage College. Since there are two lanes in each direction, it is e ssential to stay in one or another as its often a very busy roadway.
The best way to do this is to stay within the painted lines, but they are very faint now which makes them almost invisible at night. While there are street lights to help see the road, the almost non-existent lane lines are a real problem. Throw in some rainy weather and it’s unnecessarily dangerous.”
Today’s problem: KH contacted Fix It about graffiti in the Harborside area on the 50th Street 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.
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.