Spend road money elsewhere

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

A Skagway resident phoned into a hearing last week in the Mat-Su on the Knik Bridge, and suggested that project could have the Juneau road money because the majority of the people here don't want it. He got a standing ovation from the audience.

Let's look at some numbers.

A recent article in the Anchorage Daily News on the proposed one-mile Bragaw Street extension in Anchorage estimated that road's cost at $37.5 million. No, you didn't read it wrong. That is for one measly mile.

So, extrapolate from the Bragaw figures to the construction cost of the state's Juneau road, now estimated at $281 million. If you take that one-mile Bragaw project at $37.5 million and multiply it by 68 miles you get $2.55 billion. Someone needs to go back to school.

Of the 300 comments received on the Knik Bridge project, the ADN reported that 60 percent favor the road and 40 percent oppose it. The Juneau road doesn't enjoy popular support in any of the communities it would allegedly serve. Send the money north.

Dimitra Lavrakas

Skagway



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