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Languishing project shakes confidence

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2006

I wonder what impression Juneau's visitors from London, Texas and elsewhere, involved in the legislative debate over the natural gas pipeline, are getting from the Fourth Street fancification immediately in front of the state Capitol.

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First, to my recollection, the Capitol steps were closed with orange plastic fencing for at least a couple of weeks, with absolutely no work done. Then, the new paving was torn up, and pallets of bricks were brought in. And even with the street blocked and bus service rerouted, there has been no apparent interest in completion of the job other than a daily raking of newly placed gravel. From the weekend through Tuesday, there has been no work done whatsoever.

Our visitors are here to discuss the state's partnership in one of the biggest construction projects in U.S. and world history. Can the pace of our "diamonds on the soles of her shoes" Fourth Street beautification, not to mention the languishing Seward Street gallows project, be giving them any confidence that Alaska contractors and workers will stay on schedule whenever it comes time to build the gas line?

Bob Tkacz

Juneau



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