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Lack of signage greatest problem
By Charlotte Tanner


January 21, 2006

Mike Barton states " They will connect communities and will provide new areas for both Anchorage and Ketchikan to grow. They are "bridges to the future." regarding the controversial bridges. I would like to know what community the bridge from Ketchikan is connecting to, on Gravina?

I am currently employed as a surveyor, and have discovered that Ketchikan is growing very rapidly in all directions right on this very island.

The greatest problem with this growth and one that should be addressed, is the absolute lack of signage showing the names of the various roads and their numbers.

I remember reading a letter by the local code enforcement officer stating the importance of CLEARLY showing the address of one's house, and now I totally appreciate his point. I have been unable to find some addresses, and believe they do not even exist, and unable to find some streets, probably because they have no signage.

I submit that this is a greater problem for the citizens, firemen, and law enforcement agents, than the lack of a bridge to Governor Murkowski's property on Gravina. I also believe that the solution to this problem is probably funded by the de- earmarked monies for these "bridges to nowhere".

What do you think Mike?


Charlotte Tanner
Ketchikan, AK - USA


About: Charlotte Tanner came to Ketchikan in 1968 on the M/V Wickersham. She lived in Petersburg for 16 years, and returned to Ketchikan in 1994. She has raised two children who are now in college, and are members of KIC. Tanner is a retired fisherperson, an artist, she has two dogs and she's a gardener.


Related Viewpoints:

letter STIP & Bridges to the Future By Mike Barton - January 20, 2006

letter Importance of Visible Street Numbers By Scott R. Davis - January 16, 2006

letter Where Do You Live? By Jerry Cegelske - January 09, 2006




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