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John W Anderson (Wd8rth) on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 10:10 am:

Happy 10/10/10 day from the Keweenaw
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By Yooperguide (Huntandfish) on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 10:15 am:

Wow John, also at 10:10, good timing!

By Donna (Donna) on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 11:33 am:


That's might awesome there John!!!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 12:26 pm:

Nice pics, especially the colorful Autumn scenes.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 08:53 pm:

My son #4 has his 48th birthday on 10-10-10. Happy birthday Andy.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 10:37 pm:

In reference to Copper Harbor's ambulance garage; it is certainly needed. Another terrible accident yesterday afternoon on U.S. 41 between the Lac La Belle road and Copper Harbor. I'm 59 yrs. old and have lived here all of my life and I can't think of a more dangerous stretch of road anywhere in the U.P. than that 11 miles of U.S.41 How many more people have to die on that stretch of road before MDOT does something to correct it. There are no shoulders and with the hills and curves it's like playing Russian •••••••• even for people who know the road well. Maybe if 5 or 10 or 20 more people are killed then MDOT will get the message.

By FJL (Langoman) on Monday, October 11, 2010 - 08:16 am:

Judging from posts by an older resident of Copper Harbor about not getting places fast enough it sounds like a accident waiting to happen. Having a "lead foot" with all the time a retired person has seems unreasonable. Take time to smell the flowers and admire the scenery. After all, that seems to be the reason that she moved there..........FJL

By Diana P. (Diana) on Monday, October 11, 2010 - 09:09 am:

Seems like two issues going on here: first, the safety of the road itself, and second, people who drive recklessly and too fast for road conditions. The first should be addressed with MDOT; there must be some road stimulus money out there that is looking for a project. Regarding the second, I tend to agree with the observation of Langoman, some people would do well to "chill out" when they are driving. Please slow down and drive safely! Oh, by the way, I have been voting for your ambulance garage. :)

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Monday, October 11, 2010 - 10:58 am:

FJL: Stopping the "lead foot" would be the second option to fixing the road. Maybe MDOT or whoever has jurisdiction should apply a 25 MPH speed limit on that stretch of road and strictly enforce it.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, October 11, 2010 - 01:08 pm:

When I was growing up, we used to listen to a song by Simon & Garfunkel, "Slow down, you move too fast...". There seems to be too much of that on that stretch of road, from what I have seen with my own eyes, as well as reading about crashes on US 41, and the posts of others. The Daily Mining Gazette lists speed as the possible cause of Saturday's crash. One person was killed and four were injured, one seriously. Even firefighters and drivers of other emergency vehicles need to drive slow enough to be safe for everyone. You never know what's just around the curve or bend in the road!

When we were up there for Michigan Tech's "Move-In" weekend in late August, two of my sons were driving from Copper Harbor back to Houghton when they encountered a tree that blocked all passage both directions on US 41. My oldest son did not have a tow rope, but another driver happened to have a tow chain, so several guys managed to hook the tree up to my son's cross-over vehicle, and he was able to get it off the side of the road to re-open it for traffic. Yes, it took some time to clear it off, but we didn't even notice the tree when we left Copper Harbor about 45 minutes after they did. What if someone had been driving a little too fast, then they could have either hit that large tree, and hurt their vehicle or possibly other vehicles. There could have been a number of serious injuries or worse, had someone had a lead foot under those conditions. This was about 2 pm. What if it had been after dark, or it had been a deer, or something?

I think lowering the speed limit to 25 may be overkill. I would love to see it be lowered to 35 mph, though! Yes, it should be enforced for locals as well as for visitors! In the meantime, have you voted for the Ambulance Barn yet today? Please vote today and every day through October 31!

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