Regarding the "temporary" closing of Rialto Street (Pig Hill) by Council President Darlene Harris because of winter conditions ("City to Block Off Section of Rialto Street in Troy Hill," Jan. 21), I feel it necessary to comment. I've used this street for more than 40 years and the only danger I have encountered is driver inexperience, the four-wheel drive mentality (I can go anywhere) and the lack of common sense.
I have seen the wooden horse barriers and the snow covering the street and have used the alternate routes, as have 99 percent of the people who use this hill daily.
Children taking down the barricade as a prank happens quite frequently, and then there's the occasional "idiot" who thinks he or she can make it and moves the barrier, but again conditions and experience are the rule for using this street. When there is no snow or ice, there is no need to close the street.
The inconvenience of the closure is a pain, for the only other accesses to get off the hill lead to the same intersection of Chestnut and East Ohio streets, which on a good day adds 10 to 15 minutes to your commute. The time and wasted fuel alone sitting in traffic because somebody who lacks "common sense" used the hill when he shouldn't have is putting a burden on the rest of us, especially the residents of Troy Hill who use this route daily.
Another solution needs to be found -- and quickly -- for the more than 500 vehicles that use this hill daily.