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Lower speed limit mulled in Ontonagon

October 23, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

ONTONAGON - Village of Ontonagon board members discussed reducing the speed limit on the M-38 and M-64 corridor at their regular meeting Monday night.

The speed limit is currently 45 miles per hour in the corridor. Board members said they would like to see that dropped to 35 mph due to concerns over pedestrian safety and bicyclists that need to cross the highway.

The increased speed limit was the result of a speed study requested to have the 35 mph speed zone extend west of the M64 Ontonagon River Bridge. The Michigan Department of Transportation found the speed limit should be increased.

"It was originally set at 35 mph when the bridge was constructed. There are a lot of kids at the south end of Ontonagon. Now those kids, to get to playgrounds, to get to schools, they have to cross that highway," said village manager Joseph Erickson.

The board approved the sending of a letter to Andy Sikkema of MDOT to address their concerns over the speed zone.

Jerald Wuorenmaa of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region gave an overview of the website, which specializes in transportation resources for the Western Upper Peninsula.

"We're hoping to get a whole bunch of people signed up for this so it will actually work," Wuorenmaa said. "We encourage all of you to get out and talk about it and promote the website in general."

In other news, the board:

heard reports from Erickson regarding pension bonds and radios.

approved extending the lease on the recreation facility for the Ontonagon Amateur Hockey Association to March 31, 2013.

approved a $500 donation to be used for advertising for Hometown Christmas.

approved leasing out the senior center rent-free for one year to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

approved the building of a secure storage room for the housing of chairs and tables. The estimated cost for the project is $1052.08.



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