SIX boulders are the latest weapon against hoons taking a dangerous short cut over a footpath and reserve in Thurgoona.
Residents say it is an “accident waiting to happen” but previous attempts to blockade the would-be thoroughfare have proved useless.
Albury Council took the extreme measures after Table Top Road residents first contacted them in December about drivers using the short cut that leads to a vacant lot in Birdie Place.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said the short cut was an accident waiting to happen.
“It’s very unsafe, people walk along that path day and night,” she said.
The boulders were brought in after the council said a mesh and timber barrier failed as a deterrent because it was either destroyed or removed.
Traffic and transport team leader Steven Swann said the council’s next step was putting in place three boulders but that proved unsuccessful.
Residents said offenders vandalised the first set of rocks, spray painting the words “From the Lavi boys” and moved the boulders with a vehicle and chains.
With the permission of the property owner, the council installed more boulders at the front of the vacant lot.
Residents observed a note, which is still there, that was left in front of the boulders when they were delivered two days before Christmas, with the words “Enjoy your Christmas ‘boys’.”
Mr Swann said the council was unaware of any notes that might have been exchanged between parties but would look into the matter.
“It’s disappointing to think that there are people who would put lives at risk to save a few seconds on their commute time,” he said.
“We strongly encourage people to do the right thing and use the roadways provided.”
Meanwhile, police are investigating burn-outs and reckless driving in Table Top Road, adjacent to Birdie Place.
Police charged a man, 19, after doing a burn-out in The Avenue at Thurgoona recently.
Residents say the hoon behaviour is taking place late at night and sometimes continues to as early as 2am and 5am.
Some residents have had to close their windows at night, with the smell of burning rubber drifting in to their homes.
Albury Acting Insp Paul Goodwin said police were aware of the issue and were asking residents for their help.
He urged people to report reckless driving and obtain the registration details, colour and make of the vehicle.