KABATA Pushes Ahead Despite Questions

A state agency created to build a bridge across the Knik Arm continues to acquire and demolish properties in the project's path, despite questions about whether the bridge will ever be built.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- A state agency created to build a bridge across the Knik Arm continues to acquire and demolish properties in the project's path, despite questions about whether the bridge will ever be built.

Officials with the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority remain confident the bridge will be built and are moving forward with plans, including property acquisitions. This follows a state audit earlier this year that found the agency's traffic and toll projections to be unrealistic.
Some residents and business owners are skeptical.
Stephanie Kesler is president of the Government Hill Community Council. She says the timing of the property acquisitions and demolitions is suspect. Her group believes it's being done to create an appearance of momentum and inevitability for the project.