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Two decades of talking = bike path

March 22, 2011 - Linda Lobeck
It's been two decades of talking that have spanned practically my entire career with The Daily News. And last night's meeting of the Iron Mountain City Council brings us one step closer to finally going ahead with the Lake Antoine Bike Path.

With the signing of the agreement between the city of Iron Mountain and the Dickinson County Road Commission, the contracted project could be let in April with the project occurring this construction season.

It's been one continuous problem after another that has stalled this project since it was first proposed to the city by the DCRC in 1991. The delays have been a variety of issues including right-of-way and design changes and most recently, never quite making it on the DCRC construction schedule. With all these delays, people were doubting that the money would still be available for the project.

The current design for a bike path is for six-foot paved shoulders — 2.52 miles of non-motorized trail construction.

Dickinson County Bike Path Committee as tried to propel this project as well as paths in the local cities forward with the goal to getting signed bike paths in place throughout the county. The interest in biking has exploded throughout the country and in the local area. The committee feels these signed paths for bike riding will encourage a safe route for local bikers as well as for tourists visiting the area to ride.

I believe a collective sigh was heard from several council members at the meeting. Many people, including myself, are hoping that this issue will finally be put to rest and the dream of a bike path on Lake Antoine Road will come to fruition.


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