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Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:01 am | Updated: 10:35 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

June 26, 2012

To the editor:

If DOT’s goal of greater public safety and less congestion is to be accomplished by having fewer cars travel through the construction project on Illinois Street, why in the world would they keep open the higher traffic northbound direction?

Right now, a huge percentage of traffic that went northbound has diminished because of the construction. If they changed the direction of Illinois, one could surmise that the same percentage of the less-traveled southbound direction would avoid the construction, making even less traffic through the project and having greater public safety and less congestion.

This traffic from the north, though, is vital to downtown businesses, whose very livelihood is predicated on summer business.

DOT should be working round the clock to get this vital project finished or at least seven 12s like the rest of us.

The fallacy of their arguments are only exceeded by the arrogance of their leader. Ignoring the requests of two mayors and the pleas of downtown business leaders, the verdict is in. When Steve Titus says “It’s my way or the highway,” I think we should take him at his word and let him take his one-way highway out of town and just keep going.

Frank Eagle

Fairbanks

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