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New route nice, but not stop sign

A Northern View

September 16, 2012
ADELLE?WHITEFOOT ( , The Mining Journal

About two weeks ago the McClellan Avenue extension from Fair Avenue to Wright Street was finally opened for use. Like a majority of Marquette residents, I was thrilled for this new route to be open.

When I discovered the reason the city was waiting to open the street was because they were putting up stop lights on both the Fair Avenue and Wright Street ends, I was a little wary.

It made sense to me to take out the stop signs and put up a light on the Fair Avenue side of the McClellan extension; it was the stop light on Wright Street that concerned me a little bit.

My first thought was, "it is going to be annoying to have a light on Wright Street after five years of just being able to cruise down the road without interruption."

But, since that stop light has been operating, I haven't found it to be a nuisance at all. I am glad that's the case.

One thing I do feel is a bit of a nuisance - and somewhat unneeded - is the four-way stop at Cleveland and McClellan Avenues.

Since the stop lights have gone up and the road has been fully open, I find myself nearly forgetting there's a stop sign on the corner of Cleveland and McClellan Avenues. It just feels natural to me that there wouldn't be a stop there, now that there is a stoplight at Fair Avenue.

It's akin to having a stop sign on Washington Street somewhere between Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue; it would be something that definitely stops the flow of traffic. That's what I feel the four-way stop at Cleveland and McClellan Avenues is doing.

I don't know if that four-way stop was ever mentioned during the talks about the construction of the McClellan Avenue extension or not, but I think it's something that might need to be considered now.

I feel like it interrupts the flow of traffic on McClellan Avenue now and I can't really see why it's still needed.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is

Editor's note: Recent Northern Michigan University graduate and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is



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