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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Letter to the Editor

Nov. 20, 2012

To the editor:

Now that the new bridge has been christened and the fireworks and the celebrations have concluded, we can get down to the real work of how to start the massive undertaking of how to rebuild it.

With all of the public money spent on cold weather research, engineering educations and infrastructure development and getting the trees planted in just the right place, the new bridge is now a crumbling monument.

One only needs to take a quick stroll up and down the bridge and glance over the side to see what would seem to be obvious to anyone with basic common sense as a major flaw in design. With all of the places for standing and dripping saltwater, it will have the concrete chipping away in no time. The steel handrails are already forcing cracks to develop that will fill with water and freeze, dooming the bridge to high maintenance or a short life or both.

Don’t get me wrong, it would be a beautiful bridge and well designed, if it were nearer the equator.

This bridge cost $5 million; the one near Salcha is $250 million. Who approves these designs? All in jest.

Curtis J. Matulka

Fairbanks

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