Through-town supporters concerned about bypass' affect on businesses

A group of people who support an expanded Highway 371 through Pequot Lakes indicated a main concern is how the bypass could potentially affect the businesses in Pequot Lakes.

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shorttimer

Scotts Hill, TN

#1 Jun 24, 2010
It seems to me that the data provided by the MNDMV told the folks here in Pequot that the safety factor was basically identical for rither through town or for a bypass. I wonder why we would want to condemn the personal property of our residents to have a bypass. I also wonder how it would be less expensive to bypass the town when the present 371 highway has a 50 foot right of waywhich comes out to 100 feet in addition to the present road. If the lanes were very wide at 12 feet, two additional lanes and a pair of lanes for left or right turns would use only 48 feet. Thus no purchase of additional land. It also seems that all the businesse3s in downtown Pequot lakes would suffer. I look at Backus which was an active town until 371 went to the east of down town. Look at it now as not just a sick (business community)little town but one which is for practical purposes dead. Look at the businesses that are disappearing already from our town because the folks who own these mostly tourist attraction type places are running away as quickly as they can get out of their leases etc. The city just spent in excess of a half million dollars to get a new grocery store here and the DMV wont even require slower speed near it. Prior to 2005 the through town plan was picked. Suddenly the plan is canged to bypass and no one but the "city leaders" have input. Very interesting scenario all around with very little thought for the future of the health of the city!
Been There

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Jul 17, 2010
Why in the world would anyone slow down for Pequot Lakes? Drive as fast as you can to avoid the in-bred retards and meth-heads that make up the towns population.

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