Spending more than $25 million for three miles of gravel road on Gravina Island is crazy.
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How do people get their cars over to Gravina to drive on this fancy new three-mile dirt road?
If the state has this much money to waste, wouldn't the daily life of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Prince of Wales Island and Metlakatla residents be much better if this money was used to improve the poorly maintained roads we already have? Aren't people as tired as I am of having their teeth rattled, their shocks blown out, their tie-rods and ball joints worn out, and their tires punctured as they drive to work each day?
Twenty-five million dollars for three miles? That is more than $8 million per mile for a gravel road, dare I say it - to nowhere.
And we all know the final price will be much more than $25 million, probably more likely to be $30 million or more. That much money would go a long way toward fixing the roads we already have while at the same time providing work for local people repairing the roads on the island. Building more new roads means less money available to maintain the roads we drive on. Is this what we want?
People should contact Gov. Sarah Palin and tell her they want this money to fix their local roads, not build another one of Frank Murkowski's pipe dreams. She has already canceled many of his outrageously expensive projects. Do it today before another dollar is spent on this waste of our money.
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