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Right of way clearing project doesn't make sense

Posted: January 9, 2013 - 9:35am

Two years ago I also tried to get information from DOT for why they had to cut the whole right of way between Ninilchik and Clam Gulch. I was told everything from they are building a 4 lane highway to It was required by the ADF&G. Never did get a true answer. I also tried to find out why the project wasn’t bid and where the money came from. Never found that out either except it was donated by the President of the USA so DOT represented by Carl High had to spend it.

Right now around mile 124 they have 6 machines cutting, 4 or 5 guys chainsawing and several support vehicles, making about a mile a day at around $18,000 per mile. If they were doing it for the moose, they would follow ADF&G recommendations and only cut 60 feet and make 2 miles a day. If they were cutting to stop shading the highway they could make 3 miles a day. If they had bid it out they probably could have made 4 miles a day for that same amount of money. Around 5 years ago, the State bought a $40,000 big fancy wood stove for a group of people on Cohoe, but never gave them any wood. Why couldn’t they give them the wood off the right of way and get it cut for free? It just doesn’t make any sense. Why can’t the DOT tell us why they need to cut the right of way? Are they going to plow our 200 foot driveways after they are done now the snow drifts every time it blows? Are they going to build noise barriers like in Anchorage so we don’t have to hear the traffic all day and night?

I thought Alaskans wanted less government, not have it shoved down our necks.

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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 01/09/13 - 04:26 pm
Hold on

Hold on my fellow Alaskan. Come January 21st when the King begins his LAST TERM we will all see more Government than we want to see. As for why they have to spend their PORK money it may have to do with playing the Game of Government. If you don't spend the money given for dumb stuff then you don't get any money for important stuff.
Hang on though my friend as the ride is about to get real rough and Praise God we do live way up here away from the crowd and alot more control than we have here even though it is getting worse each passing day. My guess from what your saying is that it's about the money and the longer it takes the more they make, so it's being milked like a Jersey cow. You'll get no answers though probably as to why or who.

david demenno
david demenno 01/11/13 - 08:38 am
ROW clearing

As the owner of the company doing the right of way clearing on this job i believe you should get your facts straight before you make false comments. This job was bid. We are not making $18,000 a mile. If we are getting a mile a day then it is obvious we are not milking it as Watchman on the Wall says. If you look at the signs that show annual moose killed on that roadway you will see they are quite high. Hopefully this will alleviate that issue and possibly save a life. Furthermore, the wood is being stacked on the side of the road so the public will be able to use it for whatever purpose they want i.e. firewood, etc.

Norseman 01/11/13 - 09:46 am
You are doing a great job Mr

You are doing a great job Mr Demenno! I as a taxpayer appreciate the clearing of our right of ways and want to commend you and your crew on the fine job you are doing.

This will save lives!

Anyone who purchases property along a main road and starts crying about the right of way has no excuse. You knew when you bought the property that a ROW existed. If you didn't, then you were either ignorant or naive.

You want trees surrounding your property, then go buy a parcel some where away from a main highway.

Keep up the great work Mr Demenno!

radiokenai 01/29/13 - 04:31 pm

Can you say liberal [filtered word]?

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