ROGERS CITY - Snowmobilers looking to ride through Rogers City once again have the option of using a designated city route.
City riders must obey all traffic signs and signals, obey a speed limit of 10 miles per hour and not ride on any private property without getting permission first, Police Chief Matt Quaine said. Snowmobilers are free to ride on most city street rights-of-way, with a few exeptions.
Snowmobilers cannot ride on Third Street or Erie Street, as per city ordinance, Quaine said. They're also forbidden from riding in any cemeteries or "established public parks," unless they're permitted by city council to do so.
So far this winter, there have been no major issues with snowmobilers breaking the rules, Quaine said.
"The only issue I see is disregard for the speed (limit), or operating on private property," he said.
The city has an official route for people who might not be familiar with the town, Quaine said. By having an established route, riders can stick to areas where snowmobiles are allowed and avoid spots where they aren't.
The route forms a circuit around town, with US-23, and State and Cedar streets forming the easternmost portion. Along the southern edge, the route runs along Park Drive and Airport Road. From there, it runs along Business Route US-23 and Park Drive, following Calcite Road, Lake and First streets up to Lakeview Avenue. At the end of Lakeview Avenue, it follows the Huron Sunrise Trail until it splits away south of the Trout River and crosses US-23.
At the northwest corner of Rogers City, the trail connects to one that takes snowmobilers to Hammond Bay, and a network of trails that branch across the region. This connection is groomed by Rod Altman, Michigan Snowmobile Association's Region Two representative. So far, there's about three or four inches of snow in town, with more to be found toward the center of the county.
Altman said the route also serves as a way for snowmobilers to reach Rogers City businesses, and to keep local riders from causing problems with people who don't like the machines.
There are future plans for adding a bridge being donated by local company and moved for a low rate by another company near Onaway, Altman said. It would The project is still in the early stages, and funding is still needed to engineer and build supports for the bridge itself.
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