“I will bring effective personal representation to the residents of District 9. It is time for a change. The residents of the District have not received their share of funding from the capital budget, and all of the major energy projects (gas pipelines) went elsewhere in the state. I will tirelessly advocate for cheaper energy sources, funding for roads, schools, and harbors to create jobs for District residents.” Colver said.
Cover has accomplished a number of projects as an Assembly member, including: a $64 million road bond for Valley roads and the construction of a road, 7.5 kilometers of ski trails and a community center- recreation facility at the new Government Peak Recreation Center at Hatcher Pass; finally, after 30 years of false starts, the project finally got underway. In addition, Colver obtained funding for new snowmachine parking to access into the Hatcher Pass area. Jim has also been a strong supporter of the rail link under construction to Port McKenzie.
“I have been successful passing legislation to spur the private sector, creating jobs and economic development. Subdivision activity in the Mat-Su Borough has picked up since my legislation to reform the platting process was adopted. My experience will help to me be able to streamline state government in order to be able to fund essential services such as education, public safety and transportation,” Colver said.
Trunk Road is finally finished! I began advocating for this project in 1997, working with Valley citizens, road builders and road service supervisors to get behind a new alignment for Trunk Road as the preferred DOT alternative. Since then I have diligently kept the moving the project forward as a top Mat-Su Borough priority, and now we have a wonderful safe new road. Government works slow, it takes persistence to get results.
The Valley doesn’t really have the kind of rush-hour traffic larger municipal areas do.
Yes, it’s best to avoid either end of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway early in the morning and late in the afternoon. But if we called that “rush hour traffic,” residents of more urban areas wouldn’t bat an eye at what we consider traffic congestion.
Still, anyone who’s lived here awhile knows better than to try to drive Seward Meridian Parkway north of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway at the start or end of the school day.
That’s where parents in the northbound lane wait for an opening in southbound traffic to turn into Cottonwood Creek Elementary to pick up or drop off their children. The road is narrow with no shoulder that allows vehicles to go around. Traffic backs up and blood pressures rise.
While we — and most of our neighbors — can opt for a different north-south route to avoid that area during problem hours, parents of Cottonwood Creek students can’t. So, they’re stuck making a left turn across a busy, fast road.
It’s more than an annoyance; it has become a safety issue. It’s an issue the borough has tried to fix once already by building a longer driveway to allow more parents to queue. We’ve noticed, and are grateful for, the change. But we wouldn’t call it a solution to the safety problem.
Helen Woodings has been skiing in the Matanuska Valley for almost 60 years, and for about half that time, she’s been involved in trying to get a ski area built at Hatcher Pass, a popular skiing, touring and snowboarding destination for Southcentral snow buffs.
Woodings finally saw that dream become reality last week, when the Government Peak Recreation Area officially opened.