This week’s question: The end of winter puts a spotlight on rough roads and potholes. If you had your druthers, which area roads would you like to see repaired as soon as possible?
Peter Shaw, corporate strategy coordinator
Ann Avenue in Dixon could use resurfacing.
Now, there might be roads that are worse off, closer to being structurally unsound, but I only know the streets I drive. That is why I am glad the city retained Willett Hofmann to put together a 5-year recommendation plan.
Expert studies and surveys are valuable resources, and city officials should always try to maximize tax dollar value while eliminating waste. I am glad to see our newly professionalized city of Dixon act like a professionally managed city, not just listening to the loudest voices.
My in-laws would have really liked me to stop writing after that first sentence, so I will end back at the beginning: seriously, Ann Avenue could really use some attention – and a bunch of blacktop.
Kathleen Schultz, news editor
I'm fine with U.S. Route 30 remaining a two-lane between Rock Falls and Fulton. The traffic never seems to be uncommonly heavy, although that stretch does see a lot of semi traffic, which can be intimidating when I'm in my pea-sized, pea-green bug.
Now that the four-lane project has hit the road, though, it would be nice to see IDOT fast-track 30 for resurfacing or other repairs. Riding that route is like taking a buckboard to hell.
The four-lane was to have be funded with federal money earmarked specifically for expansion that cannot be diverted for road repairs, more's the pity.
But Morrison Mayor Everett Pannier, upon learning expansion plans had been punted, promised to push any buttons he can in an effort to advance the cause of a smoother 30, which runs particularly rough through his town.
I, my Frankenbug and my jarred-on-30 jaw salute him.
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Jeff Rogers, editor
I don't know what it is about Second Street. Whether you're in Sterling or Rock Falls, Second Street is terrible.
On one side of the Rock River, as you're heading toward (or away from) the First Avenue bridge on Second Street in Sterling, you'll rattle your teeth as the many significant potholes and other imperfections in the pavement send you bouncing around the car.
The same happens on the other side of the river, on Second Street in Rock Falls – once you head east off Second Avenue and get past the riverfront development area.
Looking for eagles while you drive past Seward’s Park? Good luck doing so while you're experiencing the head-jarring bumps in the road.
I'm exaggerating, of course. But only slightly. And this isn't a new thing. When we'd drive to and from my in-laws' house in Rock Falls over the years, we'd end up on both streets both times. And always marvel (or chuckle) at the poor condition of the streets.