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Bridge Project: $315 Million Boondoggle
by Don Hoff Jr.


February 19, 2005

Ketchikan Daily News articles report on Jan. 31, and Feb. 2, 2005, Governor Murkowski and Rep. Don Young estimated costs of the Gravina Access Project have increased from $230 million to $315 million, a 37 percent increase from last year budget request. The raising costs of steel, cement, fuel, insurance, bonding, engineering and inflation over the past year said Gary Paxton of the Southeast Regional Transportation Dept.

I am a broke federal taxpayer. The American and Alaskan tax payers can't afford any pork barrel spending on a proposed bridge in Ketchikan, Alaska. I am urging or begging Congress and President George Bush to veto this unnecessary spending on a bridge to nowhere. There is only a hand full of people living on Gravina Island.

I can see spending tax dollars on maintenance of existing highways, housing, and school projects in Alaska. I have received emails from readers that are against the proposed bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock Island and are asking how do we stop this bridge project? My advice is obvious; you need to start grassroots groups, letter campaigns to Washington D.C., State of Alaska and media opposing the bridge in Ketchikan. Don't wait for someone to take the lead because time is running out. Time to protest. You will be surprised to see how many people don't want the bridge. There are only a few people that want this bridge for personal gain. Unfortunately some of these people are your elected officials and this is where the problem lays.

This proposed bridge is not set in concrete, but Governor Murkowski and Rep. Don Young are making it sound like construction is going to start next year. There is no appropriation of funding from Congress for the bridge. Don't be fooled. I can not believe they are trying to ram a bridge down our throats.

It is also obvious to the Alaskan Natives in Ketchikan that Governor Murkowski, Rep. Don Young, the Borough Assembly and the City Council of Ketchikan can care less that Pennock Island is an active Native grave yard. It is my opinion that racism is alive and well in Ketchikan and State of Alaska. We will put you on notice that we will not compromise our Indian graves for a proposed bridge. Think about that for awhile. This is my opinion.

Don Hoff Jr.
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Related News:

Materials add to bridge cost...- February 02, 2005
Ketchikan Daily News

Gravina bridge cost jumps... January 31, 2005
Ketchikan Daily News

audioListen to this KRBD story - Aired January 31, 2005... The state cost estimate for a proposed bridge between Ketchikan and its airport has shot up by $85 million. As Deanna Garrison reports, the revised cost estimate was made public just one day after ABC's 20/20 aired a story Friday criticizing the scope and need of the project.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio


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