01/22/2019- Pedestrian traffic along a busy Marinette thoroughfare is becoming a concern for some City officials. Ward 7 Council Member Rick Polzin spoke to Marinette’s Civic Affairs, Cemetery, Traffic, and Lights Committee Monday about the increased pedestrian use of County T/ Roosevelt Road near the Highway 41 intersection. Because there is no sidewalk and only a narrow shoulder along the roadway in this area, Polzin says he often sees people walking in traffic lanes, creating a potentially hazardous situation for both drivers and those on foot. An alternate pedestrian route to businesses along Roosevelt Road using city sidewalks was identified, but it more than doubled the travelling distance. Marinette Police Chief John Mabry says even if the City were to create a pedestrian crossing at the Highway 41 intersection, it still wouldn’t be a safe option.
City Engineer Brian Miller says before Marinette can take any action toward establishing a pedestrian-friendly route along County T, they first need to identify whether the City or the County own or exercise jurisdiction of the roadway. Miller believes resolving the issue will have to be a collaborative effort between the City, Marinette County, and the Wisconsin DOT, who own and operate the Highway 41 intersection. Miller is expected to bring an update on the matter back to the committee in February.