To most motorists flying through the intersection of Vindicator Drive and Rockrimmon Boulevard, the new guardrail along the east side is just a blur of black and brown steel.
And, to be honest, that’s why it was installed.
But to Mitch Logue and Donald and Colleen Kunecke, the sturdy new 150-foot barrier represents peace of mind and freedom to use their backyards without fear.
It’s something most people take for granted . . . the confidence they won’t get killed in their backyard by Danica Patrick impersonators.
But that’s been a very real threat for Logue and the Kuneckes, who have the misfortune of backing up to the busy intersection, kept hopping morning and night by people racing to the adjacent Safeway Center, or the large apartment complex, or to Eagleview Middle School or commuting to Mountain Shadows and Peregrine.
I drive it daily and routinely see cars accelerating down Vindicator toward its dead-end at Rockrimmon. They turn north, two abreast, tires squealing as the wild-eyed drivers — no doubt listening to 50 Cent on their earbuds — charge to the next light.
Between the two properties, more than a dozen cars have plowed through their fences and into their yards over the years.
Mitch Logue told me he’s replaced sections of his fence a half-dozen times in 10 years. In July 2009, he spent $3,600 replacing the entire fence. Within days a small SUV smashed through and landed in his yard, taking out a post and slats.
Before the Kuneckes bought their home next-door in 2000, a soda delivery truck came crashing into the yard. Prior to that, a pickup destroyed the fence and slammed into the dining room.
Then, on June 3, 2009, a huge, white sport utility vehicle roared down Vindicator, slammed into two cars waiting at the stoplight, lurched through the intersection, jumped the curb and blasted into the Kunecke’s backyard.
“We were getting ready to eat dinner,” Colleen Kunecke told me at the time. “It sounded like an explosion. It scared the hell out of me.”
The SUV ended up wrapped around a tree.
To protect themselves, the Kuneckes positioned huge rocks to deflect wayward vehicles.
Both families are happy to finally get some protection from the city.
“Now I’ve got some safe area to work with,” Mitch said last week. “I’m happy.”
And he’s making plans for his yard.
“I’m thinking about putting a greenhouse back there,” he said.
The Kuneckes echoed his satisfaction.
“We were quite surprised,” Donald said. “Now we’ll be protected.”