Knik Arm bridge still a state priority

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska Transportation Department senior manager said the Knik Arm bridge is still a high priority for the state.

Jeff Ottesen spoke Tuesday in Anchorage to a policy committee made up of city and state officials. He warned that shutting down the project would waste $40 million already invested.

The Anchorage Daily News reported the $680 million bridge project has been held up by environmental studies.

The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions committee, which decides how to spend federal transportation money, voted earlier this year to delay bridge construction until after 2018. When challenged by a lawsuit, AMATS reversed itself and restored the project to short-range plans. Now it is revisiting the question.

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