Whittier's road might shed light on debate

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2000

In the June 6 edition of USA Today, the paper's ``Across the Nation'' page reported this about Alaska:

``The little town of Whittier is setting out portable toilets and trash bins to prepare for the opening Wednesday of a tunnel that will connect it with the state's road system. The tunnel is expected to bring anywhere from 430,000 to 1.2 million visitors a year to this port, pop. 280, on Prince William Sound.''

This could be an opportunity for Juneau to find out the impact of being newly attached to the road system. Perhaps monitoring what happens in Whittier could answer some questions about our own much-debated road connection. What would we do with another 100,000 cars annually? What would they bring and what would they leave behind?

John Jensen


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