Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Letís consider a Friedman tunnel

In conjunction with Mary Jane Conger's letter in the July 27 issue, "Where is Plan B for Airport?," one wonders if some basic considerations may have been overlooked in the scramble to remove Friedman Memorial Airport from its existing, convenient location to a mystical site in the lava hills to the south. The fact that the draft EIS, which was begun in 2006 and was to have been finished in 2008, has been delayed again shows that the issue is not a slam dunk, and could very easily not measure up.

In light of the expansion demands of the FAA for increased width as well as length to accommodate larger carriers at the existing location, has anyone considered lowering the highway under the expanded airport facility as an option to moving the airport, thus saving considerable expense? A conceptual plan could be easily developed measuring the physical and economic impact of such a program and should be considered. Maybe the resolution lies outside the box and inside the tunnel.

David Barovetto


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