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give the Boy Scouts their funding, 46 feet to replace outdated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.
Received July 02, 2007 - Published July 04, 2007
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