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Gravina Road Cost
By Tia Wilhelm


July 04, 2007

For 25.7 million dollars you'd think we would be getting a 2 lane paved road on Gravina with maybe a sidewalk and bike path. A gravel road? For 8 million dollars per mile? $1,515 per foot? At this cost it would take less than 500 feet of this road to fund ALL the local projects that Governor Palin deleted as per the front page news of June 29. 10 feet of road would give the Boy Scouts their funding, 46 feet to replace outdated equipment at the hospital, 66 feet for the access road for Ketchikan Senior Housing (would this one be paved?), and less that 11 feet to fund books and supplies at the library. Now those are the kinds of projects that directly affect me and my family and I'd like to see our governing officials support them.

The irresponsible spending spree of the previous administration included this Gravina road. It was pushed though at the last hour and meant to access a bridge to which now there is no funding. Why hasn't Governor Palin put a stop to this wasteful project? Her talk of "living within our means" and "wants versus needs" makes sense. I neither need nor want this road. What I want is responsible spending of public money.

Tia Wilhelm
Ketchikan, AK

Received July 02, 2007 - Published July 04, 2007

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