Bridge to Gravina
By Robert McRoberts
June 20, 2005
Over the past few months now we have debated the bridge to no
where, I just wonder what kind of businesses are going to come
and why? The city has said they are using all the power from
Swan Lake and we do not have a sure plus of power for Gravina.
But yet we stopped the power grids money. They say we need the
land to expand but what about all this land behind north Point
Higgins where they were originally going to build the airport,
or even behind Mountain Point? I understand years ago the borough
sold some land there but never made access
I wonder if all the roads over there are going to be built and
never finished as the west end of Roosevelt drive where it comes
down to the boat launch. The fire department may have to go to
a fire there but they will have to go all the way around. Is
this what we are going to be blessed with over there? What about
developing there? It's all wet lands. Do you hold the special
permit? There are going to have to be large waste areas to dump
all that muskeg. Then where are we going to get the rock from
to fill these holes in? We are having a hard time getting rock
source on this side of the channel.
Then we have to build some source of sewer plant and piping.
Is this going to be Mountain Point all over? But what about water?
A business is going to need water. Maybe they can pay for a line
under the bridge as the owners of the property by Wal-Mart have
to do. O'hell, we better just add that to the cost of the bridge
too. These are big stumbling blocks that should be addressed
first to see the cost that we are going to susceptible to. The
land around Wal-mart was developed a long time ago before
things got so difficult to develop and there still is nothing
going on there.
So far most of the letters have been against the bridge.
Colleen you know that your grand dad did not know the bridge
was going to cost $400 million+. We all thought a bridge would
be nice - then we thought it could be simple till the cruise
company said they would quit coming if they had to go around
it. But I tell you and the rest of the world, that since all
the tree huggers in the country have shut down our logging
and aren't buying our fish, let them pay for this Bridge
So there's my opinion for the week. Hope it's not hurting any
one. O'yea Pete your boat and plane are growing mold could you
get some one to wash them.
Have a nice sunny day maybe we
can hit the 90s today.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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