Monique Weaver, the Marketing Director for Old Settlers Days, says the fair will be as accommodating as they can to guests during construction taking place at the intersection of Blackhawk and Main in Rockton.
They’re installing traffic lights, but in the meantime, it’s made the intersection a little harder to navigate.
“You have to take a little bit more time to get in and out,” Weaver says. “It takes a little bit more time to get to where you want to go.”
“Well, we have two different parking locations,” said Weaver. “We have Hononegah High School, and we also have the Chemtool parking lot off of Route 2. We’re encouraging everyone to take Route 2 this year, it’s a little easier to get in and out of town.”
But, some don’t mind the construction if it means improving the intersection.
Teresa Jury came down with her family for the Rockton River Market, and some ice cream, but says she’s seen the intersection have some close calls and thinks it could use a light.
“I’ve always said that they’ve needed a light,” said Rockton River Market attendee, Teresa Jury. “We’ve been down here for the Halloween trick or treat, and it’s been kind of chaos because there’s no lights. And so all the cars are just going how they want.”
She says even though they had a tougher time than usual getting around, they think it’ll be worth it.
“I think this will be a good thing,” said Jury. “I didn’t realize it was going to be this busy, but eventually once it gets done, I think it’ll be a good thing.”
“You just know that, once spring hits, construction happens,” said Rockton Village Board Trustee Jodi May. “Construction happens everywhere.”
May says the construction definitely is slowing things down right now, but she also thinks once the project is over, it’ll all be worth it.
“As a business owner, I still want the people to come through,” said May. “As a trustee, I like to see that they’re working on infrastructure so that people won’t fall into the river because the bridge isn’t being fixed. So, you know, we just try to suck it up and do the best we can.”