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1/25/2013
Avoid problems

As the City of Ketchikan and the company BAM undertake the task beginning next week of taking down the old hospital/Bawden Street Apartments building, there will be some traffic reconfiguration, some noise and some mess. The workers will keep things organized and flaggers will direct drivers as to where to go, or not to.

We are used to detours and work downtown and all over Ketchikan, and the sound of people working is as musical to us as last weekend’s Jazz Cabaret. We like to hear people at work.

This particular job, involving the removal of an unsafe building containing asbestos, carries special reason for care. Those of us who are downtown every day would do well to avoid the area and allow plenty of time to get where we need to be without making the project more troublesome for the workers.

Of course, they are trained and will do what they need to keep us all safe. But let’s make sure we are careful, too, and stay out of the way as workers proceed with the badly needed job.

It’s a relief that the project starts in earnest next week. Downtown will look very different, once that job is done.