Voice of the People
I want to thank the Porter County Highway Department and the County
Commissioners for giving us “Ol’ 49ers” a summer of relative peace and quiet
and for allowing our children and grandchildren to walk and bike along our
little stretch of highway -- North Calumet Avenue from US 6 to the SR 49
ByPass. It has been a marvelous summer! We’ve actually been able to walk in
the roadway unmolested, been able to cross the road to visit our neighbors,
been able to sleep at night with the relative quiet, and the farmers have
been able to use the road for their equipment and wagon.
Many of us hoped it would last for a longer time, but, alas, today the
barricades came down and within minutes the “shortcutters” discovered it. For
some reason, there are those who believe that this 0.2 tenths of a mile
shorter distance will save them considerable time in getting to work or
wherever they’re going. Several of us neighbors have tested this theory and
have found that the shorter distance does not save any time since the speed
limit is 15 mph lower and there can be lengthy wait times at the stop light
on US 6 (no turn on red), at the access to the ByPass (both lanes are
frequently tied up on SR 49), and northbound SR 49 traffic prevents crossing
it for those trying to use Old 49 southbound. Add to that the danger of
rear-end collisions at the CR 950 junction, the curves, the school buses, the
farm tractors, delivery vehicles, people turning into their driveways or
pulling out of them, and a myriad of other consternating delays and obstacles
and you wonder why anyone would ever think that this 1.5 mile route would
save anyone some time.
Oh, there were the days when the whole road served as the venue between town
bars and there was flawed thinking that no police ever patrolled it.
Nevertheless, the old road is open once again to those who think they can
save five minutes by using it, and we have had one exceptionally great summer
without the urban traffic and all that it entails.
Thank you, Porter County!
Tim Cole, an “Ol’ 49er”
845 N Calumet Ave.,
Woodville, Liberty Township
Post Office: 46304 (sometimes known as Chesterton)