Encourage drivers to SLOW DOWN

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REMINDER–Bruce LaPointe and Jody Pittsley prepare to install one of two radar signs that indicate vehicle speed, and can flash a “SLOW DOWN” message. Signs are installed at each end of the Baraga Village U.S. 41 corridor. KBIC and village officials have pushed for a 45 mph speed limit, although state MDOT officials insist on a 55 mph limit.

by Chris Ford

Those traversing US-41 through Baraga may have noticed a new road sign at each end of the Baraga village business corridor. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) installed two electronic signs June 28, 2016, that show vehicle speed and ask drivers to slow down if their vehicle is exceeding 45 miles per hour.
KBIC Project Manager-Director of Public Works Bruce LaPointe said the battery-operated devices, with radar and cameras on-board, were installed on the highway’s southbound lane near The Pines Convenience Center and northbound lane just south of Baraga Lakeside Inn. LaPointe sought, and received Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) approval to place the devices within the highway right-of-way for a one-year period. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.