The October election ballot will ask you: Should a bridge be built connecting the Sterling Highway with Funny River Road? Also should the borough contribute to the cost? This is an advisory vote and does not mean that the bridge will or will not be built. I guess our borough assembly wants to "test the water" before they do any more than they have. Remember this bridge project has been around for almost 40 years. Whether you live in the Funny River area your consideration of the following may be helpful in reaching a yes vote:
Alternate route from Sterling to Soldotna and all points west.
Expanded tax base for the borough by opening new areas for progressive economic development.
Safe public access to Kenai River the project includes a concrete boat launch with parking and public facilitates.
Shorter and safer school bus travel particularly during winter.
Easier and quicker access for state and borough road maintenance.
Improve safety by providing an escape route for Funny River area.
Now if you are worried about environmental, fish and wildlife issues, please be aware that a completed environmental impact study was done in 1997 at the cost of somewhere around $700,000. The results state that all impacts on the environmental, fish and wildlife in building the bridge will be mitigated.
What better expenditure of resources than those that will provide for future progressive healthy growth of the peninsula and improve the safety and welfare of our citizens.
Please show that you care by voting "yes" for the bridge.
John Grunza, Soldotna
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