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Letter: Paved shoulders should be wider on Carlton County roads

These narrow shoulders are all over the county. I think it should the county policy to make 6- to 8-foot wide paved shoulders on all county roads.

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In regards to Gary Harms' letter about the new pavement and bike trail along Big Lake Road, I ride the bike trail most days of the week and am greatly appreciative of it.

The walkers and I get along just fine. It is much better and safer than riding the road shoulder, which I did for many years. Now there are walkers who use the bike trail during the day, which they never did before the bike trail.

However, the redo of Big Lake Road has problems in my opinion. The paved shoulders beyond the bike trail between Fond du Lac’s Convenient Store and the Tribal Center are way too narrow and are made worse by the rumble strip. The paved shoulders should be at least 6 feet wide to be safe for bikers and walkers and more like 8 feet wide.

The gravel part of the shoulder is made with beach sand; very bad. There are ruts and potholes in the gravel shoulder. It is impossible to ride a bike on the gravel shoulder because of the looseness of the gravel, and that is dangerous. At the intersection of driveways and Big Lake Road, the driveway pavement doesn’t flare, so when cars turn onto Big Lake Road, they make potholes in the gravel shoulder.

These narrow shoulders are all over the county. I think it should be the county policy to make 6- to 8-foot wide paved shoulders on all county roads.

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Timothy Krohn,

Cloquet

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