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8/1/2017 7:29:00 AM
Another opinion on the condition of Rhinelander streets

To the editor:

There have been a few opinion pieces recently that have been critical of the condition of the streets of Rhinelander. In my opinion, they must be looking for something to complain about. I have nothing but praise for the city for the quality and quantity of streets that are in excellent condition.

I am the guy who rollerblades in Rhinelander. When my son Max was about six years old we started "blading" together and I can remember the frequent torture of going over many streets with very rough surfaces and lots of cracks and potholes. We would usually have to pick a route that was one-third smooth and two-thirds rough. Today? We can park at Culver's, skate all the way into and through the downtown, head out east via Lincoln Street, cruise all the way down the smooth sidewalk of Chippewa Drive to the north, and then traverse back to the downtown on Eagle, Mason, and Brown streets while taking a sidewinder through Hodag Park, the high school, and lots of side streets. Almost all of it is new or relatively new and smooth blacktop along with very navigable handicap accessible sidewalks. We are confident that the city will take care of the few short stretches that are beat up in next year or two (i.e. two blocks of Monico Street).

We travel around the Midwest and we have found very few places where we can pick a route and skate for miles and miles without encountering long stretches of very difficult terrain, but we certainly have that luxury right here in our hometown. It wasn't always like this. If we were to wish for one thing, it would be that the city completes our route by adding a bike lane to North Stevens Street (the stretch from Rhinelander GM to Kwik Trip) or add to the sidewalk that was recently constructed by the GM and Toyota dealerships.

David Holperin


Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Red lights are also for inline skaters. Parents make great role models.

Food for thought

Craig Strid

Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Article comment by: Amanda Tallent

I would challenge you to rollerblade down Oneida right now, or better yet Coolidge Ave between Timber Dr and Lincoln St.

We know that city has worked on some of the streets. Those aren't the ones people are complaining about.

The intersection at Maple and Phillip St was finally fixed this year- but it was in terrible shape for several before anything was done about it.

The city wasted far more money on the downtown streets than was needed. The bump outs at the intersections are a pain in the but for drivers and pedestrians. Money could have been saved on that project and used to fix streets elsewhere.

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