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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.

— “I finally made my way down to this road yesterday and had a blast going back and forth until going low on gas,” reads another. “Most of the road is great but there is one HUGE bump right in the center of the lane coming from the highway end up towards Power House road. Beware of that bump! Though we took the first pass easy it still brought both my buddys wheels off the road!’

“Yeah, Tracy is great, and YES, you have to be careful of that bump,” another post reads. “I know which one you are talking about, mind you its easy to remember it, its the first curve to the right after the patched up portion of asphalt. Keep it safe, I have three buddies so far in a couple of years that had crashes on that road. Especially the last serious curve to the left before connecting to route 9 close to hwy 87, its got a downward tightening radius to it.”

Scozzafava would like to see a motorcycle event held on the Tracy Road. He suggested closing the road to traffic for a day, setting up safety barriers, arranging for emergency medical support and letting riders challenge the road. It would similar to a car rally, he said.

“An event like that would be huge,” the supervisor said. “You would need to do it properly, taking care of all the safety aspects. The Tracy Road is internationally known. I know it would be big draw.”

In the immediate future, Scozzafava plans to ask the county to erect “user friendly” signs at each end of the Tracy Road urging caution.

“My concern is inexperienced riders,” Scozzafava said. “Serious motorcyclists already know about the Tracy Road. I’m worried about an inexperienced rider getting into trouble.”

In fact, a Ticonderoga man was injured in a motorcycle crash on the Tracy Road June 9. Police attributed the accident to driver inexperience.

Scozzafava thinks motorcyclists on the Tracy Road should follow the advice of Carlotta, his Harley Davidson.

“When I ride Carlotta over the Tracy Road Carlotta tells me when I’m going too fast,” Scozzafava said. “At 35 mph her floor boards are almost on the road. That’s fast enough.”

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