Why Paving the Road is a Bad Idea

By | January 31, 2016


Stop the Paving on the North Fork Road

We try hard at NFNews to editorialize by omission. If a story comes along that either shows a North Forker in a bad light or simply can cause hard feelings, we have a policy to just pass it by. Last week, however, the topic of paving the road came up again after many nice, quiet years and we wondered how to handle it.

In this case, we think conversation is better than silence. So here are the reasons we’re pro-gravel:

  • With improvements to the gravel road over the last several years, we’ve see a huge increase in the traffic on the road and the river. Do we really want to increase that even more. How much more traffic are we talking about?
  • More rafters, more snowmobilers, and more hunters.
  • Can you imagine how much property taxes are going to go up along with the property values? Neighbors who are on a fixed income and can’t afford to pay more are going to get squeezed out. It that really what you want?
  • Last but not least, there is no doubt that paving is going to have a huge impact on our wildlife. We’ve already lost porcupines and coyotes in just a few short years. Do we really  want to take the risk of loosing more?

In short, after living up here since 1965 (though not continuously), we remain convinced that paving the road will change the North Fork area permanently for the worse. What can we do to persuade the powers-that-be that paving is a bad idea?

Now that we’ve gotten that off our chests, it’s your turn. We are making the one time offer of printing other people’s thoughts on this subject – whether you’re pro gravel or anti gravel. All we ask is that we be able to attribute it and that it is civil. We’re going to use the email you supply to verify that you are who you say you are.

All rude thoughts and comments will be returned.

So send in your thoughts by clicking here or by leaving a reply (see the link underneath the post title?) and share them with your neighbors.

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About NFNews Editor

Patti Hart is the editor-in-chief and founder of the NFNews.net. Patti lives on the North Fork during the summers and travels the world for the rest of the year, updating NFNews every day wherever there is an internet connection.

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