'County failed to do work safely'

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On November 2, my vehicle sustained over $1,400 worth of damage from a road condition caused by Rock County workers.

Rock County replaced a culvert on West Creedy Road, but did not repave that section of road for about two weeks after doing the work. The site was left with a gravel ramp to bridge the gap. The only warning sign was a "Bump" sign with a broken warning light.

Earlier that day, Rock County removed the gravel ramp, but did not pave the gap in the road. They did not alter the signage or replace the broken warning light. Speed had to be reduced by 30 mph to navigate the site without damage. This was a serious safety risk to the public. A motorcyclist would have been in a serious accident.

According to state law adopted in 1977, 349.065 uniform traffic control devices, local authorities have a duty to place traffic control devices that conform to the MUTCD.   

Not one thing about this construction site conformed to the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. There should have been advanced warning signage. The "Bump" sign was used improperly. There were no functioning warning lights. The gravel ramp should not have been removed until paving was ready. It is completely unacceptable that this hazard was created by Rock County. If Rock County workers were properly trained, they were negligent. If Rock County workers were not trained, they are ignorant. Both negligence and ignorance is an outrage. We trust our government to conduct work in a safe manner. Rock County failed.

I filed a claim on November 3 for the $1,411.98 worth of damage caused to my vehicle. Rock County denied my claim citing immunity. 

I will have to sue Rock County over this.

Katy Kuecker

Beloit

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