LETTER: Slow down for safety’s sake“Hey there. Look and see. Don’t you know its Glorious Me? Get out of my way. I’m coming through and can’t be bothered by the likes of you.”
“Hey there. Look and see. Don’t you know its Glorious Me? Get out of my way. I’m coming through and can’t be bothered by the likes of you.”
This chant must run through the mind of the drivers who zoom into and through Itasca, Allouez and onward on East Second Street. Yes, it’s also Highway 53, but in the city limits, it is East Second Street and is surrounded by citizens who live, work and pay taxes, and who need to enter, exit or cross in safety.
Posted limits are fair and prudent — they should be enforced and respected by all drivers.
The Moccasin Mike and East Second Street intersection needs traffic lights, timed to give each driver and pedestrian safe passage to the Bear Creek ballpark and playground, picnic area, beach road and Osaugie Trail.
I am told those in power favor building a pedestrian overpass for those needing to cross on foot, bicycle or wheelchair in all seasons. It’s not an easy accomplishment.
This serves those needing to cross without impeding traffic flow and those below who still zoom through to shop, eat, sleep and be entertained in Duluth or to get to their destination without considering those around them.
It would not help cars, trucks needing to enter or exit, and are presently expected to make right angle turns at 40 plus miles per hour to avoid being crunched by the “bumper-hugger” behind them. It does not contribute to safe traffic conditions on East Second Street.
Whatever is done will be at substantial cost and citizens of Superior will live with it for a very long time.
If anyone but me cares about this, say so. Itasca is the entrance to our city from all points south and east, and not just the exit as it has been portrayed. The only entrance greeting people who have not already been there — done that is Itasca.