Group sees Knik Arm project as example of waste

A Washington-based watchdog group has given its "Golden Fleece" award to the Knik Arm bridge project in south-central Alaska.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - A Washington-based watchdog group has given its "Golden Fleece" award to the Knik Arm bridge project in south-central Alaska.

Taxpayers for Common Sense says the group behind the project, the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA, "has failed Alaska's citizens and wasted millions of federal taxpayer dollars, with little to show for it."

The award is given to projects seen as examples of government waste.

KABATA spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says outside groups commonly disparage Alaska infrastructure projects. She takes issue with the summary released by Taxpayers for Common Sense, which she says contains errors.

She initially disputed the assertion the bridge's official name is "Don Young's Way" but was later researching whether the state had to adopt that name. It was designated that in a federal transportation bill.