Sterling bridge necessary?

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The debate over another bridge on the Kenai River has been going on for more than 30 years. It now has come up again and will be on the Kenai Borough Assembly agenda tonight.

The real reason for a bridge is not safety or convenience to the people on the Funny River side of the Kenai River as some proponents espouse, but the simple reason that it will raise property values.

As a Realtor, I have had many conversations with property owners from out of the area who have held land on the Funny River side for many years in hopes of the bridges construction. They are dismayed that their property values have not increased as those on the north side of the river.

We currently have some influential individuals pushing for the bridge's immediate construction. I am suspect of their motives. If we want a true picture of what the property owners on both sides of the river desire, I suggest putting it to a vote. As before, I am sure this will bear out that the majority wish a status quo.

In the last few years, we have witnessed a new fire station and the paving of Funny River Road. Both needed, but now an unnecessary new bridge? I don't think so.

John Joseph, Sterling

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