Well the Chitina Dipnetters Association(CDA) through the board tonight designated as our top priority the opening of the road past O'Brien Creek to Haley Creek. Which says that DOT needs to put a bridge in at O'Brien Creek and clear and or fill in the road returning it to a safe and 4-wheel drivable goat trail.
Now that statement entitles anyone who utters it to a cup of coffee for only $.50, that is if you can find somewhere selling coffee for $.50. Which is a wiseass way of saying the statement in itself is not going to do anything. CDA has however focused its full attention to doing what it takes to promote the State to act on opening the road to access the Chitina Personal Use fishery.
It is only a political problem at this point; had some insightfull comments blowing away the smoke screen issues of liability, costs, and difficulty, leaving only DOT acting on the will of the Legislature. Will not get into each point but if you are interested post here questions and we will try to reply and clarify the reality of the road and its status. And YOUR legislature needs to hear from you! Especially if you're in Anchorage, Wasilla, Kenai, ect. as we have Fairbanks covered. Know who your Legislator is? Senator and Representative? Give'm a call. E-mails are apparently the easiest to ignore(hit delete) and real paper(Fax or snail mail) has the best impact.
We are still within the window of opportunity to have it cleared by the opening of the season, but not for long, so its a now or never(or at least next year) time.
Hoping you and yours have a safe drive past O'Brien Creek and way back into the canyon this June and/or July.