Story last updated at 4/30/2014 - 7:07 pm
Wouldn't it be cool to take your family to Canada for the weekend without taking a six-hour ferry ride? If there was a road out of Juneau, it would make us Juneau locals' life easier. I think there should be a road out of Juneau!
A road to Skagway would be cheaper. According to Juneau Empire, "The department of transportation's goal is to provide a low-cost way for people to travel between Haines, Skagway, and Juneau."
The plan for a family of four with a vehicle up to 15 feet is $34 to Haines and $51 to Skagway. In addition, if there was a road, Juneau's marketing and goods prices would drop. Also, we wouldn't have to worry about the barge system.
Secondly, a road would be faster. One hockey trip we were going to Whitehorse, so we had to take the six-hour ferry ride to Skagway. Everything was fine except there were 13-foot waves.
It would've been okay, just it was so long. According Juneau Empire, "building a road would most likely eliminate the constant chant from up north to move the capital, because Juneau would no longer be isolated."
Juneau is the capital. And it's isolated. Chris Watson stated, "at this point lets just build the road so those of us in Juneau can have the same freedom that Haines and Skagway have."
It's weird to think that Haines (population of about 1,200) and Skagway (population of about 950) have a road to Canada and Juneau doesn't.
Admittedly, there are some solid points on both sides. The road would be millions of dollars and take a long time to build. But if you think about it, the road will always be there. It will never be taken down, so in the long run it would be cheaper. In addition, to help out with the money, there could be a toll fee.
I think there should be a road. Even if you don't want go to Canada, you could just drive to Skagway to check out the view. I don't know why people are against this. Why not? It gives us the Juneau people a chance to see historical cities for cheap!
Why turn this down when it enhances our lives?