Closing Rialto at times is important, and an issue that will always exist, but to do so in such a severe manner with two days' notice is extremely shortsighted ("City to Block Off Section of Rialto Street in Troy Hill," Jan. 21). The majority of the time in winter months the road is just fine. The city of Pittsburgh does an excellent job of maintaining it during the winter months.
The city and Councilwoman Darlene Harris should have delayed the closing for at least two weeks to examine other options for secure road closure instead of concrete barriers. Metal gates that can be securely locked would be a much better solution for closing the road when the weather makes it dangerous to use. They should have asked for community input.
It is a shame that a few people who have used poor judgment and put their lives and property at risk have made it impossible for hundreds of motorists to use this roadway on a daily basis.