TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) — It might cut down on commute times, but police in a northern Wisconsin city warn that a popular shortcut could cost drivers their lives.
Drivers in Tomahawk trying to reach the other side of Lake Mohawksin have, as reported by the Wausau Daily Herald, taken to driving over the frozen lake itself. That’s because the 80-year-old bridge across the lake is being rebuilt and the detour replacing it takes motorists miles out of town.
As many as 50 cars use boat landings during mid-day commutes for a more direct route. Tomahawk Police Chief Donald Johnson is warning against this, as the city neither maintains nor monitors ice conditions.
While the lake hasn’t claimed any automobiles yet, a man recently crashed through the ice on an ATV.
He was not injured.
Information from: Wausau Daily Herald, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com