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Needed: street lamps
By Judith Green


December 19, 2007
Wednesday AM

Has anyone else noticed, when traveling North Tongass into town, just past the Ward Creek bridge, at the bend in the road ... there is a very dark ominous spot? Lots of street lamps just before the bend, and then quite a ways past the bend there are more lamps. These overhead lamps really do help us to be safe and cautious when driving our highway.

HOWEVER, right at the bend in the road, right when a driver needs to see clearly, there is no light on the road. If there is no traffic coming from town, you can manage to adjust your sight to the darkness without angst. If however there is traffic, the headlights coming are somewhat blinding as you get into that bend. There are no markers on that particular stretch of road; even the side strips and middle lines are not visible. Then if there is snow on the road, well ... you know the rest of the story.

We have accidents numerous at this bend in the road. How many more do we need before the simple solution of street lamps will be addressed and put up?

Judith Green
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Local resident who travels from South Tongass to beyond Ward Creek area Mon through Fri every week."

Received December 17, 2007 - Published December 19, 2007


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