I have been following the letters to the editor about the road, and I think the proponents for the road are missing the point. They refer to the road as the "Juneau to Skagway" road. Wake up, people. It is a road to nowhere.
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You still have to take a ferry. So Alaskans can pay for a road (the part the feds are not paying for, which is a lot) that may or may not be adequately maintained in the winter months, and you will still have to wait and pay for a ferry ride that may or may not arrive on time. Plus the cost of fuel for your cars to get to and from Skagway or Haines is only going up. So quit whining about the cost of airfare or current ferry costs and do the math.
The road is costing too much - monetarily and environmentally. A better plan would be to put all this energy into improving the existing Alaska Marine Highway plan and making better marine highway transportation decisions. If you want airline competition then start lobbying for the development of competition in Juneau.