Letter: Duportail bridge should be low priority for Richland

March 8, 2013 

The city of Richland is again entertaining the idea that we need a duplicate bridge at the end of Duportail Street. Why can't we spend the money on other much needed city projects (pothole repair, extra police or fire staff, develop nature paths, add sidewalks, improve snow removal or some of the hundreds of ideas that are underfunded?

We already have a functional bridge to the Queensgate area less than one-half mile from the Duportail project. Why else would they need to disrupt whole, established neighborhoods for a duplicate boondoggle?

Obviously, we don't have surplus funds or the huge utility rate increase would not have been necessary. We can't agree to spend money we just don't have.

HENRI GRAVES, Richland

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