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just another opinion

Eau Claire, WI

#22 Sep 25, 2007
chiliman wrote:
Since that is US-23 I think the City is not the first in line with the say.
I would expect the state has been given the responsibility to oversee the US highways in their state with some minor governence by the Feds (after all they are probably providing some of the money).
I would expect the County gets some say as well since they are probably 'hired' by the state to do some of the maintenance - such as snow plowing.
So my guess would be primarily M-DOT. However, recall this was a recommendation of the 'Cool City's' consulting company and so ostensibly there was some local inout.
I would expect the Downtown business folks probably believe it wil help with business and based on that were at least willing to give it a try. I don't think any of them are doing a 'land office' business these days. I suspect they had an awful lot of input to the Coll City's consultant.
IMHO - I don't think it will work as intended in Oscoda. It is a pain in Tawas and does not cause me to want to stop - it makes me wish there were a bypass. There is one going North in Oscoda - Lake street I think. But once the word gets out, it might get really busy. Then watch what happens as the residents there rightfully get upset about the additional traffic.
I see accidents coming.
I hope not! The lane change was the recommendation from the Cool Cities group. I do believe it was to eventually help with parking on the street if the three lanes worked out well for traffic flow. I agree with the comment about Tawas. I actually grew up there and have thought it a pain forever.
But at least while you're waiting to get through town you can actually see the lake view. It is very beautiful and somedays we need to slow down for that view. It's just unfortunate that Oscoda's US23 view doesn't include the lake. I wouldn't mind taking it slowly through town then. Right now it's just annoying because usually I'm only there to make my circle to get back home!
I think of AuGres, Omer and Standish with their 4 lanes and wonder why it works for them but it couldn't work here.
Rick from Canton Mi

South Lyon, MI

#23 Sep 26, 2007
just another opinion wrote:
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Did you have to wait in a line of 25 cars to get a chance to pass through the downtown light too?
I can understand your pain!
You need to change your out look on traffic. If you are going through on vacation, what's your hurry. If you live there you know how to go around. I've been coming from Detroit to Greenbush since 1976, I have waited no longer then three lights to get through. Relax, enjoy the changes in town, some good, some bad.
oscoda resident

United States

#24 Sep 27, 2007
Probably we do need to change our outlook on traffic. But when a STUPID change is made that has no real purpose and that change literally backs up traffic for three or four lights--well, then you tend to get a little frustrated. IF the change were to do any good, then I might quit my griping.

You don't get much living here--schools suck bigtime, no jobs, no shopping, few restaraunts, week-old movies shown in crappy theaters, expensive grocery prices (unless you drive to Wal-mart). The lake and relative lack of traffic were the high points. Now, they've f'd up the traffic.

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#25 Sep 27, 2007
I think we need some N E W people on the Oscoda boards, and groups and councils with new and workable and agreeable, and fresh ideas to be put into action. I'm sure that those people are out there somewhere.
Just another opinion

Eau Claire, WI

#26 Sep 27, 2007
I'm with you Shirley! Also, when someone from down state makes a comment about how we're supposed to take it easy and relax it makes me boil. GET AROUND!? Get around what? Rick, are you really familiar with the downtown area? Do you really think I haven't thought of trying to get around?! The around you speak of can even be longer than waiting in a line of traffic of people driving up north! Read Shirley's comment and then realize there are others of us out there that feel the same way. Maybe it's fine for you because you are just passing through. Those of us who choose to live here would like to help our town become what we know it can be. Not just a place for tourists to pass through but a place where people want to visit and stay for awhile or stay and live. We'd welcome all!
Rick from Canton Mi

South Lyon, MI

#27 Sep 28, 2007
Just another opinion wrote:
I'm with you Shirley! Also, when someone from down state makes a comment about how we're supposed to take it easy and relax it makes me boil. GET AROUND!? Get around what? Rick, are you really familiar with the downtown area? Do you really think I haven't thought of trying to get around?! The around you speak of can even be longer than waiting in a line of traffic of people driving up north! Read Shirley's comment and then realize there are others of us out there that feel the same way. Maybe it's fine for you because you are just passing through. Those of us who choose to live here would like to help our town become what we know it can be. Not just a place for tourists to pass through but a place where people want to visit and stay for awhile or stay and live. We'd welcome all!
Sorry, I don't know downtown as well as I should. When I go through Oscoda I don't hit rush hour and that may be why I don't see the problem. As a down stater we have some of the same frustrations. I have a hard time getting out of my Sub and that frustrates me. Sounds like change is needed.
On another subject, Whats with the bike trail? Will Oscoda be connecting with it?
JP RD

Frisco, TX

#28 Sep 28, 2007
We have been coming upnorth to Oscoda for over 10 years. We are confused as to why downtown traffic is being reconfigured, for whose benefit? So far all I've heard its going to cause more traffic jams and less traffic into the shops that need customers the most, especially vistors would could go elsewhere. Spruce up Oscoda get some new restaurants like Applebees or Texas Roadhouse or Chili's. Too bad the new casino is being built in Standish with all that available property out at the base and all the new jobs that could have come to Oscoda!
Just another opinion

Eau Claire, WI

#29 Sep 28, 2007
I haven't heard whether or not Oscoda will be linking with the bike trail but that would be great! Change is needed but it is slow coming.
The community has passed up some wonderful opportunities (including the casino idea). Some people thought that a casino or prison would bring crime along with it! So here we are trying to grasp at anything to try and get back on our feet. Hence the traffic change. It's supposed to improve traffic flow. The only problem is the traffic change doesn't bring jobs or other opportunities with it. We put all our "eggs in one basket" by believing Kalitta will save us from ourselves. The company does provide many jobs however we need to look elsewhere and I am afraid a dragstrip is not the answer. There are many who don't want to look to the future because they are so stuck in the past. I agree with Shirley when she says we need new people in leadership with fresh ideas, etc. By the way Rick, thanks for the comments. I suppose there are problems all over Michigan. Very frustrating!
Rick from Canton Mi

Northville, MI

#30 Oct 22, 2007
Boy do I need to eat some crow, My wife and I and some friends were up last weekend and saw the changes on US23. Who thought that would be a good idea? I liked it before when you could make a left hand turn and not stop two lane of traffic. Summer time shoud be a big mess. I guess I need to take 75 to 72 and come down to Greenbush. It will take more time but I see a huge back up coming to get through Oscoda. How will I get to the Lumber Mill or the Hardware store. Wait in line with the Tourists till I get close enought to turn in or figure another way. Who wants to stop in a town you can't get out of or in to.

The bike path in Tawis looks great and they got it done fast. Looks like alot of fun.
masart

United States

#31 Oct 25, 2007
Rick from Canton Mi wrote:
Boy do I need to eat some crow, My wife and I and some friends were up last weekend and saw the changes on US23. Who thought that would be a good idea? I liked it before when you could make a left hand turn and not stop two lane of traffic. Summer time shoud be a big mess. I guess I need to take 75 to 72 and come down to Greenbush. It will take more time but I see a huge back up coming to get through Oscoda. How will I get to the Lumber Mill or the Hardware store. Wait in line with the Tourists till I get close enought to turn in or figure another way. Who wants to stop in a town you can't get out of or in to.
The bike path in Tawis looks great and they got it done fast. Looks like alot of fun.
Cant be any worse than 275&ford rd:)

I saw the trail in alabaster and would love for it to streach from standish to Oscoda. It would make for a nice weekend bike trip.

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#32 Oct 25, 2007
masart wrote:
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Cant be any worse than 275&ford rd:)
I saw the trail in alabaster and would love for it to streach from standish to Oscoda. It would make for a nice weekend bike trip.
I think I read somewhere, that the bike path will stretch from Oscoda to Bay City, eventually. Or so, that was the plan.
Robert Johns

Oscoda, MI

#33 Oct 29, 2007
I am glad to be back to Oscoda after a lengthy professional relocation to Orlando. I don't make much up here with my Computer Science and Accounting degrees but the beauty is unparalleled.
concerned oscodian

Eau Claire, WI

#34 Nov 12, 2007
Robert Johns wrote:
I am glad to be back to Oscoda after a lengthy professional relocation to Orlando. I don't make much up here with my Computer Science and Accounting degrees but the beauty is unparalleled.
Driving through Tawas is beautiful! I love to look at the lake as I drive through. I don't believe the beauty here is unparalleled because I have traveled extensively throughout Michigan and the rest of the U.S. and there is beauty abound! However, we do have some areas that we certainly do not use to optimum. We worry so much about downtown we forget to play up what could really potentially bring people here. Alas, it does seem everything is closing down. Capitalizing on the beauty of the surrounding area will be to our advantage. Frustrated motorists and drive throughs do not benefit our town. We need township officials who are dynamic and take calculated risks; not those who are afraid to move because they may upset people who are likewise afraid to take risks. Putting signs on the township lawn will benefit no one if no one is here to read them!

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Since: Apr 07

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#35 Nov 13, 2007
Thank you concerned oscodian. Your opinion and statement is worth that pot of gold. Bravo!
masart

United States

#36 Nov 20, 2007
I'll be in Au Gres visiting this holiday. I want to see what the change is to 23 in Oscoda while I there. Is the brewery still open?
concerned oscodian

Eau Claire, WI

#37 Nov 21, 2007
masart wrote:
I'll be in Au Gres visiting this holiday. I want to see what the change is to 23 in Oscoda while I there. Is the brewery still open?
If you mean Wilte's the answer is "yes". It's still here located on F-41. Have fun!
concerned oscodian

Eau Claire, WI

#38 Nov 21, 2007
Oops! I missed the 's' in Wiltse. Sorry.
masart

Oscoda, MI

#39 Nov 21, 2007
concerned oscodian wrote:
Oops! I missed the 's' in Wiltse. Sorry.
Thats why I called it the brewery.
Thanks

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Since: Nov 07

Farmington Hills, MI

#40 Nov 26, 2007
I love Wiltse's. Dean and Debbie along with Steve the Brewmster are truly a class act and really treat people well.

“Temperate, patient, loving”

Since: Nov 07

Farmington Hills, MI

#41 Nov 26, 2007
Too bad to see Arbys leave Oscoda, I rarely ate there but it was a nice option from time to time...It just is too bad to see businesses go under here. Perfectly understandable of course given Oscoda's economic standing. Too bad though.

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