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10/10/2018
Worth the wait

And so it begins again.

Road construction.

Ketchikan businesses along Stedman Street, as well as drivers and pedestrians, joyously celebrated the completion of construction work between Tatsuda’s supermarket and the Stedman Street bridge this year.

With completion, traffic would return to normal, and, despite the interruption of traffic and reduced parking opportunities while work was underway, when the section of road was completely upgraded, it proved to be a welcome improvement.

And traffic did return to normal for a few days.

The word “normal” might be taking on a new meeting as it pertains to the downtown road project. Like other locales where it appears that one road or another is always under construction, downtown Ketchikan appears to be becoming one of those locales.

In the past few days, construction workers set up barricades and started work on Stedman from the Creek Street bridge and along Mill Street.

With that comes traffic delays and impediments to pedestrians and businesses.

Such will be the situation as workers redo the roadway and sidewalks, upgrading more of the downtown thoroughfare. When it’s done, it also will have improvements worth waiting for.

But, for the time being, Ketchikan’s new “normal” is downtown road construction.