by Duluth News Tribune
February 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
A vast majority of the people who took part in a survey on Duluth’s Central Entrance ranked the major traffic corridor as bad or very bad.
Tags: auto, Transportation 12 Comments »
Ray Charles could develop a safer street than that street. Central entrance is a joke
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Really?!? It took a study to figure out that road sucks? I don’t know what bothers me more, the study or that there is now a “Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council.” When that did that come fruition?
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FYI. The MIC has been around for at least 20 years. They do important work like inventory the cracks in the sidewalks around town. I can not believe that folks do not know about the work they do.
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Lol, you’re really showing just how out of touch you are Nessopot. Engaged in your community much? The MIC is the region-wide transportation planning agency. That way, every little city and township doesn’t need its own department. They do studies and outreach, and provide recommendations to city and state engineers who ultimately make the final decisions.
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Why do we need such a council in the first place. What about all the traffic engineers, designers, that already work for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. A council like that just seems like more government. I still find it amusing that a study was done, money was spent for this, when you could have taken students out of UWS in the transportation logistics program, and they could have done a similar study for probably next to nothing.
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It’s not more government. It’s less government. MNDoT only deals with state and US highways. Every other road in the Twin Ports is planned through the MIC. That way, instead of Proctor having its own transportation department, and Hermantown having its own transportation department, and Rice Lake Township having its own transportation department, and Superior, Duluth, Lakewood Twp, etc etc…. It’s all consolidated into one organization. If you support small government, you should applaud this, not oppose it. If the MIC didn’t exist, there would be no connection between the government engineers and the citizenry. That’s why they do these studies.
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They should use common sense and ask the residents for their input.
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Before, when leaving Kohls, you had to drive a quarter mile out of your way to go back down Central Entrance. That has been taken care of. Now former crossovers have been removed and we have to drive a few hundred yards in other locations to go where we want to go.
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Duluth is old, streets were laid out for horses, now we have the south-end running the system so what does one expect..
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It makes sense to me that we should (a) spend our tax dollars based on DATA not on who shouts the loudest or complains the most and (b) we should spend that public money on things that benefit PEOPLE, not just cars. So collecting data about what kind of shape our sidewalks are in (even if ‘A Nut’ tries to makes fun of it) and and planning for what we want our future city to be like (as this Central Entrance article is about) makes sense too.
Also, the MIC has been around for more like 40 years and the reason why is that they provide a way to give LOCAL input – so the people who live and work here get to set our priorities and say what our main transportation issues are. Do you want Washington DC and/or St. Paul and/or Madison to hand down their decisions about what gets funded and what doesn’t? I personally don’t think that having those different levels of government is such a bad thing.
PS, Nessopotamian, from what I could see on their FB page, a college student DID do the data collection, as an intern last summer, probably for next to nothing as you suggest.
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Is that an official response from the MIC?
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Why should I have to look to the Council’s Facebook page for further details on this story?
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