I was very pleased to hear from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and read in the media that work has finally begun on the First & Second Waterfall Creek bridges in Ketchikan.
Constituents in this area of Ketchikan have been concerned about the inadequacy of these bridges for a decade. My office has been monitoring this project for years and when I toured these bridges a few years ago they were in bad shape. I saw that asphalt had worn out and the wooden substructure of the bridge was exposed – in fact, you could see through the bridge to the creek underneath. It’s long past time to replace these old bridges with more modern structures.
This project is good for public safety and commerce. Driving conditions will be safer and fire trucks will no longer be limited. Also, land developers and builders’ dump trucks will no longer be weight restricted.