by Don Hoff Jr.
March 14, 2005
Last year the proposed bridge was $215 million. This year the proposed bridge would cost $348 million. Today's cost? In Rep. Don Young's transportation bill the proposed bridge in Ketchikan is a staggering $446 million dollars according to a Ketchikan Daily News article printed 3-12-05. Bridge $223 million, $125 million for planning, design and construction, $48 million for earthwork and roadway construction and plus, $50 million for discretionary set-aside for the bridges.
Gravina Island has a small airport and very few actual residents that live there year around. There are just a few greedy opulent people wanting this bridge to no-where built for their own personal gain. There are no roads or businesses on Gravina Island and no valid reasons to build a bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock Island.
President George Bush promises to cut the National Debt in half this term. The proposed bridge project in Ketchikan needs to be cut. Let's see if President Bush can keep his promises. This year's Congress should cut the pork-barrel funding for the proposed bridge in Ketchikan, Alaska. This is my own indigenous opinion.
Don Hoff Jr.
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