“ROAD CLOSED” SIGNS block Highway 44 in late May, but a car travels down the then-under-construction highway anyway.		   				   Ian Stepleton file photo
“ROAD CLOSED” SIGNS block Highway 44 in late May, but a car travels down the then-under-construction highway anyway. Ian Stepleton file photo

     MOST PEOPLE SEE A “Road Closed” sign and think, “I can’t drive that way.”

     Others? It’s like waving a red sheet in front of an angry bull.

     Such was the case for Highway 44 over the summer.

     Closed for five months, the major thoroughfare toward Oshkosh and the Fox Valley forced drivers to get creative.

     Usually, creative in finding a new route east.

     For others? Creative in finding an excuse to be on the highway.

     Just ask town of Ripon Police Capt. Howard Stibb.

     During the months of closure, he heard every excuse under the sun for why they belonged on the closed section of Highway 44. ...

     “Following their GPS: That was the biggest reason,” Stibb said. “‘Our GPS told us to go this way.’ Between that and not seeing the ‘Detour Ahead’ signs [were the most common excuses].”

     But many came up with more ... interesting ... reasons to be on the road. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Nov. 30, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.