Road funds best spent elsewhere

Letter to the editor

July 23, 2014

To the editor: We clearly have a governor who dreams about building roads. Now we’ve seen the kickoff of his grand scheme — the road to Tanana, a village where about half of the residents appear to be opposed to its construction. But wait; there’s more to the story. The road stops six miles short of the town and across the Yukon River. While there is a hope that this road will revitalize Tanana, at first blush it appears to be a “road to nowhere.”

If community development in rural Alaska is the actual (and highly laudable) goal, it needs to be done under a carefully crafted comprehensive plan. Meanwhile, in these difficult financial times, I think the $11 million (plus the inevitable cost overruns) would be better spent on K-12 education or the UAF engineering building.

 

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