By Pete Ellis
February 25, 2007
Thus the long continuing need for Ketchikan access to Gravina and Pennock will certainly be recognized by a clear present committment of funds for highway construction on Gravina which will become the foundation for the future bridge crossing and that choice should be encouraged and not disparaged.
For the interim a new ferry addition will further ensure that the access problem is minimized while the construction of the connecting Gravina roads and highways will promote the development of the east shore of Gravina and the availability of that valuable and extensive resource for industrial and residential development.
Those who express distress at the prospect of a highway that does not immediately connect with a bridge should console themselves in knowing that the economic potential of our area is being recognized and further strengthened for the future. Let us so proceed with knowledge and an understanding of why these expenditures are necessary in the natural progress of development endeavors.
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