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Petition circulating to slow highway traffic around Ross

 

Posted 7/07/15 (Tue)

By Kevin Killough
Frances Zetlmaier wants to see fewer accidents along the stretch of U.S. 2 that runs through Ross.
She requested the state Department of Transportation reduce the speed limit to 55 miles-per-hour, but so far the limit remains at 70 miles-per-hour.
She’s now hoping that a petition circulating in Tioga, Stanley, and Ross will help her gain the support of the DOT for the request. 
So far, she said she has about 200 signatures in all, including the support of some of the Mountrail County emergency workers who have had to deal with accidents in the area. 
“It’s going really well,” Zetlmaier said.  
The problem, Zetlmaier said, is that businesses are growing in the town, including new granaries, and semi traffic associated with the oil industry.  A recently-approved business north of town will add another 30 trucks trying to pull onto the highway. 
At that stretch, the highway is neither level or straight, which impedes visibility. 
“You can’t see traffic coming at you at 70 miles per hour,” Zetlmaier said. 
Anyone wishing to sign the petition can do so at the Tioga City Hall during normal business hours.