In order to proceed with reconstruction, the county would have to acquire surrounding property, Slivinski said. Standing in the way of the reconstruction is a barn housing J.C. Dairy Supplies, owned by James Christenson. The barn sits right in the heart of the intersection, Slivinski said, and would have to be removed in order to proceed with the project.
But Christenson won't have any of it.
You bet your ass I'm going to put up a fight, Christenson said. They don't need to reconfigure anything. You just need to slow them down.
Christenson, 67, has lived there his whole life and has been selling dairy equipment to farmers since 1969. He's seen a lot from the deck of his home across the road from the barn.
Just last year a woman crashed into the barn, and two years ago Christenson witnessed a fatal collision between and car and pickup truck. The pickup driver was killed instantly with a broken neck, but his body had pinned the other victim against her steering wheel. Christenson had to hold the deceased man's body off the woman so she could breathe until paramedics arrived and took over.
The problem is they come down from Nelson and they go through here like it's a race track, Christenson said. Between 3:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon this is a drag strip. Someone is going to get killed, and I'm afraid it's going to be me.
Christenson said authorities have told him 1,600 vehicles cross the intersection daily.
Christenson faults the Madison County Sheriff's Office for failure to ticket speeders.
I can't get them to sit here and write tickets and slow people down, he said.
Christenson denies any responsibility for the unauthorized stop sign.
I've been accused of it, he said.
But did he put it up?