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It might be an age thing, but I do not understand the Cobban Bridge — the Bridge to Nowhere.

On the west side of the river is Highway 178, on the east side is County Highway K. From Cobban to the Jim Falls bridge is 7 miles; from Cobban to the Cornell bridge is 8 miles. The argument that the bridge is needed for emergency vehicles is also a moot point. There have been weight limits on that bridge for at least 10 years that preclude the use of the bridge by ambulances or fire trucks.

Eighty-five to 90 percent of Chippewa County residents have never heard of the Cobban Bridge or driven over it. I have lived in the area since 1968 and have probably only driven over it three times. Replacing this bridge should be put to a vote for all Chippewa County taxpayers — this Bridge to Nowhere. Even if the bridge is funded by federal dollars, those dollars are coming out of our pockets.

On another matter, the 4 1/2 miles of Chippewa County Highway M in northern Chippewa County from Highway 27 to County Road CC has needed to be resurfaced for the past 4 to 5 years. The county keeps patching the holes, but it needs to be resurfaced. When I call to ask why, I am told there is no money in the budget to repair that stretch, which probably has more businesses than any other road in the county — Paradise Shores, Lake Holcombe Marina, Ted’s Timber Lodge, Pine Point County Park, Pine Drive Resort, Birch Creek Campground to name a few. The $300,000-$500,000 houses on that stretch also pay taxes.

Then again, maybe we should let our county roads go to h*** so we can say we built a multi-million dollar Bridge to Nowhere.

Harold Guyette

Holcombe

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