Build a cheaper bridge, roads
By Robert McRoberts
November 27, 2006
I hope every one had a pleasant Thanksgiving.
It seems the bridge problem
keeps coming up. I talked to some informative people some times.
I was told that if we do not build this bridge we are going to
have to pay the money back. What is the truth to this? In the
beginning years ago, the only reason there was big interest from
Anchorage area people was that this was where the big engineering
firms were. Well they have spent that money and did their designs
on a bridge too big and too costly knowing we were never going
to build this thing. I would bet their design is not even adequately
structurally able to stand up to 100 MPH winds that come in gust.
In Boston's big dig projects the panels are already falling off
and killing people. In planning such a big project what are the
back up plans for our bridge. Let's just say the weather is just
like today, are we going to close the bridge down because we
all know how slick bridges get. Close it down for four mouths
or install road heaters? I am sure we would be repairing them
every year. Not to mention the electricity that they would require.
It would create a another great sledding run, such as the bypass
that we don't use much any more. While this is on my mind, the
concrete on this steep hill is getting really smooth, when are
we going to fix that? Will someone have to die?
We need to change this design and location now, not later. I
sure do not want to give money back because we did not build
such a bad idea. We let Frank get us into this mess and then
we said we do not like where we're going now. Just what is Sarah
thinking? I bet she doesn't really care. The fact that we may
have to give the money back at this point in time we better just
settle on a cheaper bridge and build it. I much rather have seen
the money go to a road to Petersburg and the mainland. I am just
sick that our priorities get all screwed up over money for the
ones with power. The intertie would have been half the cost if
we would have just built the road first - but Frank did not own
property up that way.
We have a few agencies that just cannot seem to work together
to get all the roads opened up for us to use. The plan is such
a joke. Mental heath land, forest service and state land. But
then again I can see why every one in Juneau doesn't care about
us getting out of town. I think their road up the Lynn canal
is a joke. Drive to take a ferry. Just use that money to improve
the ferry service and make the ferry more comfortable to travel
on. Improve the food they feed us. I would think the ferry ride
would give some politicians time to work on their projects -
none interrupted. Maybe we just divide the state into regions
and divide the state revenue into even shares. Throw it all in
the box and make four even piles then each region gets to use
it their way.
Well I lost my way a little
bit. I would like to say I really like how some of us on this
site really come up with good ideas. I liked Dave Zenge's idea
to fix the Airport parking as well as others that think about
what we could do to improve our place to live.
Received November 24, 2006 - Published November 27, 2006
About: Long time Ketchikan resident.
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