By Suzan Thompson
December 21, 2005
I agree with Ms. Filyaw that the section of road she mentioned needs guard rails, although it might be that the state is already aware of that and has plans to put them in. The grass that was hydro-sprayed on there gets so tall, it can actually hide animals and small children from the view of drivers. I was driving past the Mud Bight corner one day in October and thinking about how thick and tall the grass had gotten, and how easy it would be for a dog or a deer to stand there and be obscured, when a big black lab jumped right out of it and ran across the road in front of me. If I hadn't been looking right at the spot and already thinking about it, I might have hit it, or caused an accident in swerving to avoid it, because I sure couldn't see it standing there in the grass. It's frightening to think what might have happened had a child been with it, and run out behind it.
It's a quick call to the local DOT to ask questions regarding the road, and I'm sure any concerned locals who call will get a quick and courteous response.
About: Suzan Thompson was born in Ketchikan and has family spread out from one end of the island to the other. She says, "I have to drive these roads a lot!"
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