Rock County supervisor asks local government to fix road

Official asks city, township to perform safety review on street
Rock County supervisor asks local government to fix road

A Rock County Board supervisor has compiled more than 160 pages of complaints from residents who live in and around a subdivision at the intersection of West Avalon Road and Secretariat Drive in hopes of persuading local government to treat a residential road.

Stephen Parker is one of the 80 residents who has filled out a complaint regarding the condition of Secretariat Drive. Parker has lived in the Keeneland subdivision for 13 years. He attributes the safety concerns plaguing the community’s only access route to the growing community and increased traffic.

“If you’re coming, you can’t see what’s on top of the knoll. If somebody happened to be coming over the center line, guess what, there’s going to be a big collision,” Parker said.

Residents said slamming on their brakes and swerving to avoid another car has become a common practice while driving down West Avalon Road An even bigger concern for community members is the location of the neighborhood’s school bus stop at the intersection of West Avalon and Secretariat Drive.

“They come quite fast up that hill. Once you get to the top of the hill, if the bus is there, it will be a near-miss or they will have to slam on the brakes pretty hard in order to stop,” resident Donald Wachsmuth said.

Limited visibility is not the community’s only concern. An absent center line marker and limited space for vehicles to pass each other has influenced Rock County Board Supervisor Gregory Addie to ask local government to improve the road.

“Many of the cars coming down this road are kissing mailboxes to make sure they are not going to hit anything going over the hill,” Addie said.

West Avalon Road is owned by Rock Township; however, the city owns Secretariat Drive which leads to the subdivision. Addie is requesting that both the city and the township perform a safety review on the street to come to a solution.

“Someone is going to get hurt – very young and probably very soon. The traffic counts on this road has gone up exponentially over the 10 years the subdivision has been formed. So to do nothing is not an option at this point,” he said.

Addie plans to present his findings to the Janesville City Council Monday night.

Township leaders said they are aware of the issues but currently have no funding to improve the roadway. Rock Township covers 52 roads throughout its jurisdiction. Each roadway is assessed annually.

Funding only allows for one mile of roadway to be redone each year.