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Road needs fixing

May 5, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

How bad does it have to get before something gets done? I am referring to the short section of road (150 yards or so) on Osceola Street leading to the main entrance of Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. This street has been terrible and full of holes and ruts for a long time and what a shame. Sometimes it looks like we live in a third world country.

Maybe if 20 inches of blacktop, dirt and gravel would be removed and then 15 inches of coarse gravel and a layer of Petro Mat followed by 5 inches of blacktop were put down it would last a long time.

This is similar to a system we saw them use in Sweden (also a very northern climate) a few years ago and their roads were in excellent shape.

The road systems today are constantly being done by the lowest bid as evidenced by the condition of our roads. It's a job where they try to get the job done for the cheapest price and then start patching within a year or two. This isn't what we need to do for job security, we need to just make it right in the first place.

Gerald Lamppa




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