This letter was written to Daniel Blough, Special Assistant, Office of Congressman Dan Benishek.
I have your letter telling me again that an overhead "dusk to dawn" light to illuminate the intersection of US 2 and Country Road 513 is not the responsibility of the federal government under the definition of "highway safety." I believe that to be incorrect.
Let me repeat the Webster Collegiate Dictionary definition of "safety" - the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury or loss. Sitting in the dark waiting to turn left onto 513 is frightening.
Many federal tax dollars were used to replace steel guard rails on US 2 between Rapid River and Escanaba. My initial observation of the condition of these steel guard rails was that they were in good condition and certainly didn't need to be replaced. My guess is that MDOT thought that if we are going to get free federal tax dollars we might as well include the replacement of highway steel guard rails, regardless of whether replacement was required or not. We suckers, federal taxpayers, have to pick up the tab. Guard rails are for safety.
Well, I simply don't agree that the federal government should not be responsible to pay for the installation of a "dusk to dawn" light to illuminate for safety reasons the intersection of a US Highway 2 and any other road, whether such be a federal, state or county highway.
In as much as I have pointed a critical finger at our MDOT, I'll provide them with a copy of this letter asking them to justify their expenditure of federal tax dollars to replace steel guard rails (an expensive object) which at first glance did not require replacing, except for creating jobs.
I'm not asking the federal government to pay the monthly electric bills as we three townships will do that. I'm only asking for a $750 grant to pay for the initial installation for this "Dusk to Dawn" light for the safety of motor vehicle operators using such intersection.