by Duluth News Tribune
October 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Obstacles to crossing the Lester River have pushed back plans to finish the Duluth Lakewalk’s eastward expansion to Brighton Beach another year.
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Fix the streets, then if there is money left, build a bridge to nowhere.
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The money for this project comes from external grants, and has nothing to do with the local tax money that can be used to fix roads.
“No one is being directly taxed for this project. The extension is being funded by a Federal Enhancement Grant, DNR Grant, a City Parks Grant, and Capital Funds, said Decur.”
Plus, if we spent on roads first and parks/quality-of-life second, we would not have the tourism, hospital, and university money that pays for the roads!
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Sorry to burst your bubble but the sources you listed are funded with tax payer dollars. Necessities first and then luxuries…
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Merriam Webster defines road as:
an open way for vehicles, persons, and animal
The Lakewalk is a road, and a heavily used one at that. Many people use it to get to work on their bikes, rollerblades and on foot. They also use it for leisure in the same way other roads are used for leisure. Tourists love the Lakewalk and extending it to Brighton is not building a bridge to nowhere. The longer the Lakewalk is, the more likely tourists will use it to cruise all the way through Lakeside and perhaps stop along the way for a coffee or an ice cream. It gives the Lakewalk a destination. People who live up Old North Shore Road will have a safer way to bike to work, to the grocery store, or to the hardware store when this bridge is built and the underpass completed. The words “road” and “transportation” do not refer only to cars.
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Don’t spend $million on a new bridge. Use the railroad bridge. Just shut it down when a train goes through with signals and gates.
And just how often does the railroad go past that point. Don’t they just stop there and head back? Does it really need to be used by the NS Railway at all?
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For those of us who have children and live north of 61 and in the city limits, this trail gives us a safe way for us and our kids to get into town on foot or by bicycle. This is a good project, that trail gets a ton of use!
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The train runs up the shore at least two times a day and often more than that. You would be surprised to know that it is not only used for tourism. Trying to use a railroad bridge that has train traffic for pedestrian and bicycle use is a recipe for disaster.
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Ok then make a bike lane on the Superior Street bridge.
Use a little imagination. There’s got to be a way to get a kid or a tourist across that river for less than a $million tax dollars. Do you understand how hard people had to work to create that $million?
I honestly don’t think you do. You think it comes for free from Washington.
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No need to insult anyone with your opinion. That is rude and unproductive to the discussion.
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