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Gravina Road
By Shelley Stallings



June 29, 2007
Friday PM


Spending over 25 million dollars for 3 miles of gravel road on Gravina Island is crazy. Why? How do you and I get our cars over to Gravina to drive on this fancy new 3 miles of dirt road? If the state has this much money to waste wouldn't the daily life of Ketchikan residents be much better if this money was used to improve the poorly maintained roads we already have here on Revillagigedo (Revilla) Island? Aren't you as tired as I am of having your teeth rattled, your shocks blown out, your tie-rods and ball joints worn out, your tires punctured as you drive to work each day?

25 million dollars for 3 miles, that is over 8 million dollars per mile for a gravel road, dare I say it - to "no where". And we all know the final price will be much more than 25 million dollars, probably more likely to be 30 million or more. That much money would go a long way toward fixing the roads we already have while at the same time providing work for local people repairing our roads here on this island. Building more new roads means less money available to maintain the roads we now drive on, is this what we want?

Contact Governor Palin and tell her we want this money to fix our local roads, not build another one of Frank Murkowski's pipe dreams. She has already cancelled many of Murkowski's outrageously expensive projects. Do it today before another dollar is spent on this waste of our money.

Shelley Stallings
Ketchikan, AK

Received June 27, 2007 - Published June 29, 2007

About: "25 year Ketchikan resident"


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