What do you think?

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003

Comments:

A shared 7 1/2 foot-wide pathway is too narrow for the bridge. It doesn't take much intelligence to foresee an accident on that path followed by a lawsuit followed by the city and state paying. ... We should be encouraging and facilitating alternative transportation and the use of healthy modes at every available opportunity.

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I think having a third lane, one that ran one way during one period and the other during other periods would be entirely too confusing; chances are that it would lead to accidents from people inadvertently using the lane in the wrong direction.

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Juneau needs to be doing more to promote alternative transportation instead of making the existing alternatives less viable. The proposed bridge changes are unsafe and just plain stupid.

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We shouldn't be wasting our money on a potentially unsafe, temporary solution. Let's put that $8 million toward a second crossing!

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I strongly oppose the three-lane bridge. We will be right back to where we were with the old bridge - in constant danger of sideswiping railings, other cars and bicyclists.

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I think everyone in Juneau is being close-minded about this situation. I live in Douglas, and if you have ever seen the traffic in the morning you will know where I am coming from. If we don't do this, then there is something seriously wrong with a town when they don't want it to have roads out of it, they don't want a new bridge, so they scale it down to expanding a bridge and no one wants that either.

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I was born and raised here and have distinct memories of the old bridge. Going back to the same scenario, vis a vis narrow lane width, does not give me a warm fuzzy.

I have taken the time to go out North Douglas at rush hour (morning and evening) to see for myself; the wait to enter traffic is generally minimal, less than 60 seconds.

How about simply putting a metering device on the entry to the bridge from North Douglas; such lights controlling vehicles work very well on the freeways down south where thousands, rather than dozens, of cars are encountered during the rush hour.



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