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Hurry up and slow down

Posted: May 4, 2012 - 8:33am

When angry, count to 10. When very angry, count to 100 — and if you’re stuck in summer construction traffic, take a deep breath and keep counting.

Alaska has two seasons as the saying goes — winter and construction — and with winter just about over, that means construction season is under way. Projects are in the works for the Seward and Sterling highways as well as other borough roads this summer, and with more visitors soon to be on their way, travel on the Kenai Peninsula this summer may at times be an exercise in frustration.

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Slow down, pay attention, especially in construction zones. Arriving at your destination late and frustrated is better than not arriving at all.

According to the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, there were four accidents in construction zones on the Kenai Peninsula last year. Statewide, an average of 80 work zone accidents are reported each year.

Doug Schoessler, the borough’s road service area director, reminds motorists to drive with caution where road work is under way.

“When (drivers) spot any workers out, slow down,” he told the Clarion. “It’s similar to speeding in a school zone where there are kids at risk.”

There’s never a convenient time for road construction. Indeed, in Alaska, much of the work has to be done at the most inconvenient of times. But cautious, courteous behavior in construction zones will allow workers to focus on their jobs and, hopefully, complete them that much faster.

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northernlights 05/04/12 - 11:31 am
Newspapers need to be aware of what they advertise.

It might do all of us here on the Peninsula a nice favour if the newspapers dont headline, "the reds are in" the impact of that statement causes greed in some people to race down here from Anchorage as fast as they can. We had more deaths on the Seward hwy than ever before. I remember when the road was narrow and dangerous in places. There were very few accidents, now that the roads have been improved and widened, drivers speed down here, carelessly passing on corners and no respect at all. Once the papers release the fish are in, thats when it begins.

spwright 05/05/12 - 08:27 am
St Trooper Highway Patrol

5/5/12 Simple Facts : Last Summer 2011 "Dip Net Season"
there was a Highway Fatality every day on the Seward & Sterling Highways. Many Alaskans Lost Their Lives on those Highways.

Sept. 2011 Labor Day Weekend. A Federal Grant Paid For the Hiring of more State Troopers & those Troopers were assigned to Highway Patrol for Labor Day Weekend.

ZERO Highway FATALITIES NaDa NONE on the Seward & Sterling Highways. No Alaskans Lost Their Lives that Weekend.

PROVING that assigning More State Troopers to Highway Patrol SAVES ALASKAN LIVES !

Now you can rant & rave about the behavior of Drivers, Drunk Drivers, Asleep at the Wheel,TeenAge Drivers, Destracted Driving, impatient drivers all sorts of Stupid & Bad Driving, narrow two lane roads etc etc.

Nothing is more & immediately EFFECTIVE than Hiring More State Troopers for Highway Patrol. Period End of Story

SPW "Airborne"

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