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Story Last modified at 10:13 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Road work at Old Glenn Highway makes no sense, creates danger

My daughter and I frequently drive the Old Glenn Highway and watched construction as it was completed last summer near the North Birchwood intersection. We kept shaking our heads and saying, "What are they thinking?"

Some of the explanations at the time, such as that it would be easier to maintain the pathway, just didn't seem to make up for the diminished safety that was becoming apparent.

It was obvious to us that without some kind of median or barrier, road traffic would start merging with the walkway and I kept saying, "Just wait until the snow falls..."

Sure enough, it quickly became clear with the driving patterns in the snow how unsafe that pathway has become. What a shame. How is it that my daughter and I, an educator and a 16-year-old high school student, could see this danger unfolding but the project engineers could not? So what if the path can be cleared "efficiently" if people no longer feel safe enough to use it?

Sadly, this will now take more time, aggravation – and money – to fix, and in the meantime our community is without what used to be a very popular pathway.

– Lisa Cogen,


This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.