Juneau road project not a good idea

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, May 29, 2006

The Juneau access road that would connect Juneau, Alaska's capital, to Haines and Skagway is a waste of taxpayer's money and the end of Berners Bay forever.

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This road would be an expensive and ineffective replacement for the ferry that currently runs between Juneau, Haines, and Skagway. This road access is a bad idea for several reasons:

1) Each winter will the road to close due to unaccommodating to few vehicles in the winter time.

2) We would resort to the Alaska Marine Highway during the long winter months.

3) The ferry system would be more consistent, dependable and the positive side of it will be cost-effective to maintain and upgrade existing ferry services.

4) This project also raises safety concerns such as Mother Nature's avalanches that frequent Berners Bay. We witness the destructive power to Thane Road in the winter time.

5) Berners Bay holds a life line to our wild life such as the bald eagles, moose, deer, bears, mountain goats, salmon and many more. Our pristine and prestige Berners Bay is a refuge to our endangered humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals and stellar sea lions. Put a road through our wildlife habitat and we shall pay the high price of losing this wildlife forever.

6) This is an opportunity for Berners Bay, for our Outside visitors and local residents who truly want to see the "Last Frontier" be remarkable and memorable.

I am upset that the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is sneaking into Berners Bay, preparing for a road that is not good business.

Leimomi Matunding


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