Gravina bridge response to
By Michael Spence
September 04, 2006
The following is a copy of my response to Mr. Williams' editorial
in the Ketchikan Daily News regarding the brdige to Gravina,
because it may not be printed and everyone who lives here should
As I remember, the term Bridge to Nowhere came from the national
media after many thousands of people looked at all the facts
about the proposed hard link to Gravina. I don't think it was
Ketchikan that was referred to as nowhere, either. The point
of the national attention was, and still is, the question of
the need for such a huge public investment to serve so few, or
more pointedly, so few people in Ketchikan.
Nowhere is the question about the worthiness of the bridge more
applicable than right here.
If you look around, you will
see that our existing road system is not exactly in spiffy shape.
In fact, it is pretty rough, reflecting many years of inadequate
maintenance. Much of our road system is unsafe, especially for
walkers, children, and cyclists. No one should be fooled into
thinking that the bridge is going to be built AND our roads are
going to finally be fixed also. Especially since the money is
coming from the state DOT, which is exactly where the maintenance
money comes from.
I don't think anyone really opposes the sawmill having its road
built on Gravina. But it should be done with private investment,
not funds that would otherwise be used to maintain or make "present"
roads safer for Ketchikan's residents.
Safety and quality of life are more important than promoting
the commercial interests of a few.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: " A ketchikan resident who has walked, run, and driven
on every inch of ketchikans road system since 1974"
Should Ketchikan rejoin Alaska? By Lew M. Williams Jr.
Juneau Empire - www.juneauempire.com
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