Bridge, No Bridge
By Dan Williams
March 19, 2008
This was quite entertaining reading about the bridges here in
Alaska. Now it is quite OLD. People, the bridge is not going
to happen, Governor Palin axed that idea. The bridge is old
news. Some complain about the ferry to the airport and having
to wait, and then brining in the emergency vehicles having to
wait. This I know for fact that the ferry will break the schedule
for emergency vehicles.
The ferry has been running with no problems for years. The only
problem is those running late for the ferry. Think of this,
if the bridge goes in the trip to the airport will take even
longer, for it does not go directly to the airport. There are
concerns of the weather closing down the ferry and the airport.
The bridge has to be built so high for the cruise ships, state
ferries, barges, and what ever else may need to go through, you
think the wind gets going good enough to close the ferry down,
think of what the wind will be doing 200 to 300 feet up over
the waters alone. Granted the bridge will be even higher in
some parts. I think the bridge will be shut down before the
ferry would be shut down.
The biggest problem with building this bridge is that fact that
we are trying to build it by an international airport. There
are no other bridges by an airport that I really know of here
in Alaska. Then to add to the problem building the bridge over
the waterways that feed the Ketchikan area. Meaning, our businesses
need this water way to be open for the supplies to be shipped
in and out, our state ferry to come in and out, and most of all
the business that Ketchikan area needs being the cruise ships
to come in and out.
Some think we need access to the other island for development.
What could be developed over there? Have you ever looked what
can be developed here on Revillagigedo? There is so much land
mass here that is really untouched. Think of all that money
that is wasted when we start to think about that bridge to Gravina.
Businesses that start up here then leave. Look at the pulp
mill. That was a sad day when they closed those doors. Now
the veneer plant has not done so well.
Before we start to think of another bridge and waste a lot of
money for that thought, if the thought ever happens, very little
of that employment will be local. Let's think of what we can
do here on this island on development. The jobs can be local
and the thought will not cost even close to the bridge. The
access to that will not be shut down due to weather. Remember,
this island has a lot of potential to offer at a far less cost
then the dream bridge.
About: "Born and rasied
in Ketchikan area. Lived here my whole life. 41 years"
Received March 19, 2008 - Published
March 19, 2008
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