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Letter: Keep full-size buses off Eklutna Lake Road

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: August 10, 2018
  • Published August 10, 2018

Who in the world thought it was good idea to allow full-size tour buses to drive up the Eklutna Lake Road?

Eklutna Lake Road is 10 miles of winding tight corners, hairpin curves and blind corners, all on a steep mountain grade. It is paved and well suited for passenger cars. RVs and vehicles with trailers seem to negotiate the road safely enough, but even the larger RVs are small compared to these huge tour buses.

This summer, I have encountered the "Greyhound" sized buses on this road; the buses are operated by Premier Alaska Tours. I know for a fact that these large buses are tearing up the shoulder of the road due to their width, let alone that they barely fit on the road when another vehicle is approaching from the other direction. This is a very dangerous situation and they do not belong on this road. There are plenty of smaller bus sizes that would be more appropriate for this road.

Whoever approved this size bus for this road is an idiot. I will be contacting Alaska State Troopers and the Department of Transportation to look into this. In the meantime, I ask Premier Alaska Tours to cease and desist. Please use some common sense.
— Jim Crittenden

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