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Drive with care

December 8, 2012
Mike Wickstrom, Marquette , The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

Thursday was a hazardous black ice day for a lot of the Upper Peninsula. I'm wondering why we don't use modern technology to help eliminate this problem on our roads and bridges.

For example, take the hill on M-553 near the fairgrounds. We all know that sooner or later that hill is gonna be slippery with black ice. Why hasn't someone come up with an economical way of putting heating coils or wires in the road powered by wind, solar and flywheel technology?

Or when bridges are repaired and new decks put on them why not but heating wires or coils in the deck? Every bridge has a sign warning of the chance the bridge may be ice covered, why not be proactive and ensure that the bridge doesn't ice up?

If you've ever traveled or lived downstate in the Saginaw Bay City areas in the winter, freezing rain and severely icy roads are the norm not the exception.

Seems like heated roads where the probability of black ice is high using available green energy would save lives and property especially in areas like I've mentioned above.

Maybe a state funded grant to one of our state funded colleges is in order to study the feasibility and application of such technology.



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