Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 29, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 09/29/2013

New corridor proposed

In regards to a bypass around Traverse City, apparently we’ve spent millions of taxpayers’ dollars on studies, yet we’ve not been briefed on efforts by those with authority. I’d therefore like to suggest the following.

U.S. 31 South at Elk Rapids could go south on Elk Lake Road, crossing M-72 then heading south on Williamsburg Road to the steel power lines. U.S. 31 South would then follow the power line easements created by this corridor; this corridor would intersect Supply Road, Hobbs Highway, Rasho Road, High Lake Road, Four and Three Mile roads, Garfield and Rush Road, continuing west to Keystone and Cass, where a new bridge is being proposed. At this point we’ve two main corridors into TC, Keystone and Cass or follow U.S. 31 west along Beitner to Chums’ Corner.

This corridor would be approximately one mile south of Hammond Road yet would intersect all north/south roads leading into Traverse City, allowing access to TC unencumbered for years to come.

This new corridor could accommodate those accessing TC through existing roads and easements. This is an opportunity too good to be true. I would vote “yes” for this proposal.

Robin Beardsley

Traverse City



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