In response to Rick Urions' letter of May 1, and the many letters from Rich Poor, I have this to say.
Having worked as a material technician and a surveyor for the Department of Transportation from 1964-1974 (with a break from 1965-1968, while in the U.S. Navy), assisting in the building of foundations, footings roads, airports, etc., throughout Southeast Alaska, I feel the eastside road is ridiculous.
In the late 1960s, the state spent thousands surveying the west side of Lynn Canal. That route is flatter, straighter and less likely to receive damage from any kind of natural disaster.
Furthermore, it would be easier and cheaper to maintain.
I also worked on the Alaska Marine Highway System from 1974 to 1979 and believe that a west road and two ferries, Laconte-sized or larger, would serve from Auke Bay.
They could service traffic for the road and could fill in for other runs that smaller ferries at the north end could never handle.