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Letter: Potential for disaster

  • Author: Ben Hunnicutt
    | Opinion
  • Updated: July 20
  • Published July 20

The mayor’s plan to house and service 500 or so homeless people in a compound located south of Tudor Road has the potential for disaster. The Alaska Native Medical Center and most other facilities that these people will have to reach are on the north side of that road — a road with a 50 mph speed limit and a heavy private and commercial traffic flow. The darkness of winter and the unpredictability of the clientele almost ensure that serious injuries and deaths will occur on a regular basis.

The pedestrian fatalities that have already happened a few blocks west, where there are crossing points (too few) and traffic lights, should be a plain warning. The planned location of the new facility provides only two crossing points, both a longer walk than impatient clients are likely to take.

Unless the city wishes to furnish taxi service or add crossing points that will impede traffic flow, the casualty rate will be high.

— Ben Hunnicutt


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