Gravina Island Bridge
By Stephanie Scott
April 17, 2008
I travel to Ketchikan from time to time, so I was surprised to
hear Mayor Weinstein complain on the radio recently about how
difficult it is for elders and those with physical disabilities
(he mentioned crutches ) to get to and from the airport in Ketchikan.
I am surprised that he doesn't know that you can drive your car
to the airport on Gravina Island, or that you can be picked up
and driven - thus avoiding lugging luggage and oneself up or
down all those airport ramps and steps. Ketchikan has good cab,
bus, and airport shuttle service. It has an excellent airport
ferry. It has a superb water taxi. Gosh, if you are a passenger,
and if you do not live on one of those Ketchikan "roads"
that are really walkways, you can actually board a vehicle at
your home and stay seated until it's time to step into the lobby
of the airport.
I am also surprised that Mayor Weinstein, an experienced politician,
hasn't figured out that it won't help to make a case for the
bridge based on untruths. Fallacious statements are great fodder
for those who like to poke fun at the Gravina Island Bridge as
a "bridge to nowhere". I hope he will buckle down
and give some good reasons for the bridge. A claim that elders
and people on crutches can't get to the airport easily and safely
feels like clutching at straws.
I'd love to hear the serious reasons for the bridge. Admittedly,
I'm particularly fond of the water taxi and the airport ferry.
About: "Resident of Southeast
Alaska since 1973; retired teacher; frequent visitor to Ketchikan."
Received April 16, 2008 - Published
April 17, 2008
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