Prince of Wales lacks road plowing

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2005

It's a fact of life; winter is on its way. It's Monday morning, we've had our first early morning snowfall and I'm praying that the highway is already plowed. No such luck! I live on Prince of Wales Island near the ferry dock on Hollis. I work in Klawock; so I have almost 20 miles to drive every day - one way. I'm not the only one who's driving to work every day, let alone the ferry travelers and school children who are on the road. I wonder what it would take to get the roads prepared for traffic before we get to where we're going, like other towns do?

I saw a vehicle upside down off the roadway on Sunday; another went over an embankment from the slick roads, and several others were out in the ditch. Will it take someone getting fatally injured before our Department of Transportation and Public Facilities decides to do something? I know that these are hard-working individuals who are doing the job, but maybe a look at the time schedules could determine when the need is the greatest for the taxpayers who are depending on the roads to be safe. I hope that this will spark some interest, and our roadways can become safer during the upcoming months.

Colleen Brooks


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