Drivers are funny
I saw one of the strangest things today when I went out to take pictures of the water main break. Since eastbound river drive was closed, traffic was being detoured back up 4th, and then I assume over to Marquette or Brady. But since the average Joe deems himself to know more about traffic patterns than traffic engineers, everyone was looking for ways to go around the detour. This led to literally hundreds of cars turning North on LeClaire, which took them directly into the WG Block gravel pit area. Then they all had to turn around and turn right again on 4th. Then they probably all ignored the "Detour Straight" signs and turned up Iowa, but at least that's a through street. I spent 15 minutes standing out in the cold waving people not to turn, and also calling some folks at the city. Hopefully they got it taken care of, because I left before I got frostbite. They're very lucky there were no accidents. I also saw people exhibiting other forms of bad driving, such as a car going up Oneida and one going down Bridge, and people going around Road Closed signs. After all, those signs are only directed at everyone else...And that's why you should follow detour signs.
Update at 6pm: A quick look out the stairwell window shows me that yes, Public Works is out placing signs at this intersection to prevent this hilarity. The system works!
Update at 7am: I drove past the intersection of 4th and LeClaire this morning and saw no barricades or signs. A check out the window shows the cars are back to swarming into the cement/gravel yard, only this time in the snow. Maybe the system doesn't work...