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Not me (at least, not this time)

The announcement that Anchorage filed a federal law suit regarding the proposed Knik Arm Crossing prompted speculation that I was somehow behind that decision.  I know, because at least two prominent backers of the project expressed surprise when they discovered that not only did I have nothing to do with this decision, but I only learned about it when I read the story in the newspaper.

Backing up a bit, frequent readers are aware that I helped initiate a public process around the role of the Knik Arm Crossing in Anchorage’s Long Range Transportation Plan.  Working through the discussion I agreed with former DOT Central Region Director Gordon Keith and his then-boss, Frank Richards, to move the project from the short-term to the long-term project list.  That allowed for a longer time frame to work on the myriad of complications associated with the bridge, and allowed for other projects on both the Anchorage & Mat-Su side to advance.  The concept achieved unanimous support from the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) Technical Advisory Committee, the Assembly, AMATS’ Policy Committee and mayor-elect Dan Sullivan.

In the ensuing weeks the cities of Wasilla and Houston, joined shortly thereafter by (surprise!) the Knik Arm Bridge & Toll Authority, sued on the basis of inadequate public process.  In the interest of maximum public involvement all parties agreed to a do-over, during which Mr. Keith retired and Mr. Richards switched positions.  Net result?  The AMATS policy committee, with a new DOT representative and a new mayor (Sullivan), replaced its previous unanimous decision to move the Knik Arm Crossing to our long-term project list with a 3-2 decision to keep it on the short term list.

And now, two years later, the mayor has filed a law suit to seek what would have been achieved by sticking to his original support for moving the project to the long-term list.

By the way, have you been by the H2H project office lately?  I have, and didn’t see a single light on…



This contribution was made on Saturday, 09. July 2011 at 11:01 and was published under the category Transportation. You can follow comments on this entry through the RSS-Feed.

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  1. if i were you, i’d be happy to get some sanity to the pro bridge group, and finally, the mayor is on the ride side, may gov hill live as it is. no bridge.

    Comment: gary miller – 09. July 2011 @ 11:14 am

  2. Someday KABATA. Today H2H.

    Comment: Matt Burkkholder – 11. July 2011 @ 11:00 pm

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