Letter to the editor
Oct. 22, 2012
To the editor:
Re: The McGrath Road connector. It sure seems to me that there must be a better way to solve this traffic problem than building this road.
The land it would run through is very swampy and has permafrost problems. It will need repairs every summer. That will cost us lots of money and time delays to get through the never-ending construction zones. Do it right in the first place by building on-off ramps for the Steese at Farmers Loop and the Johansen, even if we have to wait longer to raise the money.
The connector road is not a long-term solution and not even an acceptable solution for the time being. Not only will it have a big impact on the nature and public use of Creamer’s Field refuge, but it also will create an area for crime and dumping.
Dog mushing is still an important part of who we are here in the Interior. Every year, people come from all over the world to participate in the Open North American Championship, which brings attention and honor to our Fairbanks North Star Borough. Because of our long traditions and strong mushing community, we will soon be hosting the 2013 Winter World Championships held by the International Federation of Sleddog Sports. The Creamer’s Field refuge trails are the centerpiece of our sled dog racing community and international reputation.
The damage done to the trails, the refuge and Interior dog mushing by this doomed, quick-fix of a road makes it a bad idea on all accounts.