Bridge project as public as possible

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007

In response to the My Turn by north Douglas resident Kaja Brix (Jan. 15), the north Douglas crossing project has been as public as such things can possibly be. The reason Brix has not been a part of the planning is that, apparently, she simply has not shown up at any of the numerous public meetings.

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Several years ago I was appointed by Mayor Bruce Botelho to a task force with the assignment of moving the project forward. At virtually every meeting I've attended, the North Douglas Neighborhood Association has been represented.

The north Douglas crossing has been contemplated for at least 25 years. It was recently subject to study during an environmental impact statement investigation, itself a very public process. The statement was shelved prior to completion for reasons that had nothing to do with the project's merits.

The process we are now engaged in, again public, is to consider whether or not we wish to embrace a "community preferred alternative" crossing site.

There are two public meetings - one from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Hall, Ballroom One, and another from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at St. Paul's Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Peter Metcalfe

Juneau



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