Juneau road should go nowhere

J.R. Myers, and the rest of the Gubernatorial candidates for that matter, would be wise to axe the Juneau road extension. Even if the State proceeds with the half-billion dollar road project, drivers will still have to take a ferry to reach the capital. That’s right, after 50 miles of new pavement through some of the State’s most challenging terrain, the Juneau road would dead-end at new ferry terminal. Even worse, the operating costs would go up because the State will be responsible for running a ferry and bombing the forty-plus avalanche chutes.

It’s no wonder the people of Haines, Skagway and Juneau have repeatedly stated a preference for community-to-community ferry service. If only we had a Governor who would listen to local communities and make decisions based on the best interest of the State.