According to Mal Menzies, the Alaska Department of Transportation's Southeast regional director, the estimated cost of bridges to Gravina Island via Pennock Island has increased by $67 million. Today's costs are still $328 million but will be $395 million by 2012 because of inflation and the rising costs of material. Are you elected people nuts?
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America said no to a "Bridge to Nowhere." The whole idea of expansion to Gravina Island through Pennock Island is ludicrous. There are only about 50 residents living on Gravina Island. Building roads and bridges for whom? There was a reason Frank Murkowski was not re-elected governor. The bridge was one of the reasons. Frank was trying to ram a bridge down our throats so his family can get to their gold mines at Clam Cove.
Charles Fedullo, Gov. Sarah Palin's press secretary, said there is no money in Palin's capital budget for the project at this time. Palin has common sense, that's why. The only people that want this boondoggle bridge are people with self-interest. They are real estate agents and loggers. I say no. This is one big con job by a few people on Ketchikan and American taxpayers.
Mayor Joe Williams should build an underwater tunnel from Wolff Point to Gravina Island as an alternative route or nothing. The tunnel will not impede any ships navigating the Tongass Narrows.
Don Hoff Jr.