Recent Media Reports Question Bridge Viability

January 22nd, 2012

As the legislature convened last week, three media stories, a blog and two editorials question the financial viability and political support for the Bridge.

In a story that was picked up nationally, the Anchorage Daily News Sean Cockerham article discloses that Governor Parnell is non-committal on further Bridge financing.

A KTVA story focuses on the dilemma of Government Hill residents weighing the loss of their property for a project that lacks financing.

Editorials last week in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman and the Anchorage Daily News, argue against further public funds for the project.

Even the normally pro-development Anchorage Daily Planet asks why the State of Alaska needs to own a Subway Sandwich shop for a project that may never happen.

A blog post written by Anchorage Assemblyman Patrick Flynn highlights how the AMATS Policy Committee is poised to approve a new version of the Long Range Transportation Plan that removes an important “Firewall” inserted by the Assembly into the last LRTP. Losing that “Firewall” means that transportation projects that Anchorage needs are threatened when bridge costs exceed KABATA’s predicted revenues.