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Moriah chamber promotion causes concern

Officials troubled by Tracy Road campaign

An effort to promote the Tracy Road as a tourist destination is causing concern among some Moriah officials, who feel the road is dangerous.

An effort to promote the Tracy Road as a tourist destination is causing concern among some Moriah officials, who feel the road is dangerous.

— Scozzafava applauds the chamber for its efforts to promote the community, but he has concerns about making the Tracy Road any more of an attraction than it already is.

“I’m a biker,” said Scozzafava, who owns and rides a Harley Davidson. “I know it’s a great road for motorcycles, but it’s also very dangerous.

“I think the chamber has a great idea, but what’s missing is the safety factor,” he added. “It’s a public highway and others are using it.”

The chamber is counting on all motorcyclist to be responsible riders.

“We want everyone to safe, we don’t want anyone getting hurt,” Bryant said. “If someone is a responsible rider there shouldn’t be any concerns, but if someone is irresponsible then they create safety issues any time they sit on a bike, not just on the Tracy Road.   The Tracy Road has rules like everywhere else, and those rules are meant to be followed not broken.”

Jamie Wilson, Moriah’s superintendent of highways, believes chamber officials are naive to think motorcyclists come to the Tracy Road just to ride. The challenge for motorcyclists, he said, is to take the turns as fast as possible.

“It’s not safe,” Wilson said of the Tracy Road and motorcyclists. “Every turn on the Tracy Road is a blind turn. I know it’s a scenic road, but the bottom line is they come here to go fast. They almost always cross the center line. This is a bad idea.”

Wilson also owns and rides a motorcycle.

“I’m surprised the chamber would promote the Tracy Road as a tourist attraction,” said Steve Stahl of the Moriah Police Department. “The goal for motorcylists is to get from end to the other as fast as they can. We’ve had accidents there and a lot of close calls — a lot of near misses. It’s just a matter of time until there’s a serious head-on (accident) with a motorcycle.”

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