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9/28/2012 6:44:00 AM
There are better uses for taxpayer dollars

To the Editor:

I feel compelled to write this letter to express my opposition to the proposed U.S. Highway 51 reconstruction project in Minocqua.

Our property is located at the corner of Highway 51 and County Highway J (Townline Road). We moved to this location in 2002 because of the prominent visibility and the easy and safe access for our clients from any direction.

Because of the DOT decision to completely reconfigure this intersection, our access to Townline Road and Highway 51 is being eliminated. In addition, our building and property is slated to be taken in order to construct multiple east-west lanes when traffic could easily be controlled with the installation of left turn arrows at the intersection. This solution would be much more cost-effective and less invasive than the current engineering plan – a win-win solution for everyone.

What the DOT fails to realize or chooses to ignore is that Minocqua is a small, quiet, country town for 10 months of the year. There are only a few weeks during the year when traffic is heavy: Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.

Is it really necessary to spend millions of taxpayer dollars and disrupt the lives and livelihoods of the Minocqua business community in order to accommodate increased traffic for two months during the year?

I feel DOT officials have been given the impression that the majority of people in the community support this project when the exact opposite is true. Please put a halt to this project and put our tax dollars to better use.

Mary Strosin
ZSI Zwers Strosin Insurance

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Stephanie Burrell

I agree wholeheartedly with this letter and would add that the same goes for the several DOT projects south of Hazelhurst. Construction there is scheduled to begin in 2013. I have not found anyone who thinks any of these expenditures are good for the communities or the environment. What a waste of taxpayer dollars!

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