There's a new twist in an already controversial bridge
project in Alaska.
According to the Anchorage
Daily News, the proposed Knik Arm Bridge, which would link Anchorage with
some undeveloped wetlands, could become a private venture.
The authority that's been planning the bridge has now asked
private companies to submit proposals for designing, building and operating the
span as a toll bridge, the Daily News
The Knik Arm Bridge and another Alaskan bridge that would
link the mainland to a tiny, nearly uninhabited island were denounced by some
in Congress as "bridges to nowhere" during discussion on last year's highway
bill, and were cited as examples of pork barrel projects.
The Knik Arm crossing has a price
tag between $600 million to $1 billion. The other bridge would have connected
to Gravina Island, which has a population of about 50 people. Sen. Ted Stevens
and Rep Don Young, both Republicans from Alaska, had sought $452 million in
federal money for the projects.