By Jim Dornblaser
November 29, 2006
I have heard it said that a camel is nothing more than a donkey
that was designed by a committee. The bridge design from Ketchikan
to Gravina Island via Pennock Island shows a committee's attempt
to please everyone. It turned out so over-designed & expensive
that the original concept of mere access to our airport has been
As for the cost as designed, I have heard the argument "it's
just tax money & it's going to be spent somewhere, might
as well be here".
I for one would like to see something worthwhile for the money
spent. Not long ago we trusted a "cabal" to build a
much needed by-pass to down town traffic. We got another tourist
attraction (a down town over-look) that has multiple stop signs
on one end & a quarter mile of school zones on the other.
For the record, I do not think the bridge as designed should
ever be built. If I could be "King For A Day" in Frank's
place, I would:
1) build a bridge from the existing AMH terminal straight across
to the airport. (the narrowest point) Build it within 50 feet
of the water.
2) extend the road on Gravina Island out to Vallenar Bay.
3) move the ferry terminal to Vallenar Bay.
Anyone that wants to see Ketchikan will come whether it is a
deadend waterway or not. Move the new development out so there
is still a "fishing village" atmosphere left to attract
Received November 28, 2006 - Published November 29, 2006
About: "Retired & I hope to be able to afford to continue
calling Ketchikan my home"
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