Since the so called repair on the section of trail between trail marker PC 110 and PC 105 the city of Sioux City has now covered up in an attempt to hide the danger of the trail by adding loose pink rock to the pliable, soft, black oil based material. While some of this rock might stick to the black material a majority of it is scattered loose all over the trail. This turns what was a concrete surface trail into a gravel surface trail.
Now along with the hidden danger of the covered up, deep, wide cracks that once the soft, pliable materiel gives way when a trail user rolls over it on a bicycle the crack will catch the wheel causing a crash, there is loose gravel on the trail which will contribute to people loosing control and crashing.
In addition to this, if, by some miracle no one crashes, the gravel reduces and restricts the types of trail users to less than they types of users before the gravel was applied to the trail.
Forget about people who roller blade or roller skate on the trail, they will no longer be able to use it. There is also the possibility those with road bikes or smoother tires will not be able to use the trail either because of the gravel.
The question as to why the city did this rather than leave
the cracks alone so they could be easily seen until the concrete is
replaced remains unanswered by the city.
This is almost as if the city wants to cover up the problems with the trail. Why that is is unknown.
As was already stated in an earlier report about the trail, once a municipality is notified of a danger with part of its public infrastructure and public facilities and they fail to correctly act to fix the problem they can be held liable for civil damages when someone is injured as a result.
That said this situation now leaves this blog writer no choice but to recommend exactly that. Not if but when someone is injured on the Perry Creek Trail as a result of the city not taking proper and correct action to repair it they are encouraged to file a civil law suit against the city of Sioux City. Despite the outcome of the law suit they are also encouraged to make it public as to why they filed the suit, and even if the city admits to no wrong doing and they just simply settle out of court to make the case go away the city will still be considered in the wrong for not correcting the problems with the Perry Creek Trail as they should have.
How ever I am not recommending or advising anyone to purposely get hurt just to sue the city. I am referring to during the normal course of using the trail and an unintentional incident occurs where someone is injured and their personal property is damaged.
Here are photos showing the pink gravel coating on the trail: