Department of Idiocy
What this state needs is a Department of Idiocy.
No, really, and we nominate as commissioner whoever at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities recently came up with two catastrophically dumb ideas that unnecessarily would endanger motorists.
The first really, really bad idea was to shut off the lights on the Glenn Highway in the wee hours to save money.
The Glenn, it almost goes without saying, is the only highway in or out of Anchorage to or from the north. Moose routinely cavort across its lanes in the winter and one can only surmise a motorist seeing one looming ahead in the dark, in a snowstorm, would be thinking that saving a few bucks on highway lighting was a lousy idea.
The second stroke of genius was to not snowplow a section of the Seward Highway, from Mile 45 to Mile 74, between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., and even doing less plowing during the day – again, to save money.
The Seward Highway is the only highway leading south out of Anchorage and is a lifeline for food and other commodities headed to or from the entire Kenai Peninsula. Sometimes it snows on the highway – a lot. What are truckers and motorists and emergency personnel traveling late, or early, supposed to do if several feet of snow stacks up on the roadway during the night while the DOT saves a few bucks? How many accidents will there be?
While we appreciate the agency trying to find ways to save money – but killing people to do it is unacceptable.