Alaska Studies 'Bridge to Nowhere' Revival

A project once cast as an example of government waste and derisively labeled a "bridge to nowhere" is getting another look by the state of Alaska.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- A project once cast as an example of government waste and derisively labeled a "bridge to nowhere" is getting another look by the state of Alaska.

The state has proposed six "build" alternatives to improve access between Ketchikan and Gravina Island, where the region's airport is located. The proposal includes bridge and ferry options. There's also a no-action alternative.

A state transportation department spokesman says about $80 million in federal funding remains from a $220 million federal earmark for planning, design and construction. Congress redirected much of that earmark in 2005, with money ultimately going toward other projects. Part also went toward work associated with Gravina.

The community has pushed for increased access for decades. Local leaders see the project as critical to the area's growth.

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