Glacier Valley Gazetta
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
The pages of Glacier Valley Gazetta are a fascinating look into Girdwood and the Turnagain Arm region 52 years ago.
On page 2 of Vol. 1, No. 4, Aug.-Sept. 1967 issue is an editorial likely written by Editor Hugh Cruikshank Jr.
THE DEPARTMENT OF STRANGE HIGHWAYS
As a case in point, we can cite the newest extension to the North Kenai Road. We drove over it recently, when much of the paving was newly laid. This is not a flat road. It looks like a gentle rollercoaster, with high crests and long dips. Inquiring, we were told that the contractor built it and paved it exactly as the State specified.
Why the rollercoaster effect? No one seems to know––but even the layman-taxpayer can see that over a period of time the depressions in the road will take a severe beating from the weight of cars or trucks as they “soar” over the crests and land with a jar in the dips beyond. A roller coaster, this one is, in a part of the country that has what is perhaps the most perfect road-building fill in the whole state.