Man raising funds to repair road

Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who built a gravel road to Clam Gulch more than five decades ago is trying to raise enough money to repair it.

Per Osmar, 84, built the road in 1948. Now he wants help paying to fix the road, which has become rutted over the years.

Osmar said he has received $250 from the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation to help pay for the $900 project. He is asking that anyone who uses the Clam Gulch access road to chip in a few dollars for the difference.

The road isn't maintained by the state or Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Osmar said the road is crumbling at the edges and filled with potholes. He says he has received many donations so far, but adds that the more money he can raise, the more work can be done to patch up the road.

Osmar has created an account -- called the ''Clam Gulch Beach Road Fund'' -- at Wells Fargo Bank for donations.

About 60,000 people use the road each year. Most are clammers or commercial fishermen.

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