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Legislature gives DOT bridge, reduces KABATA’s role – Alaska Journal of Commerce – May Issue 1 2014 – Anchorage, AK   Leave a comment

Legislature gives DOT bridge, reduces KABATA’s role – Alaska Journal of Commerce – May Issue 1 2014 – Anchorage, AK.

I support privatization of many public transportation systems — busses, trains, etc. And, there are instances where I think roads could be privatized without a problem.

However, KABATA (the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority) has been characterized by a lot of apparent corruption. Maybe it’s the officers involved, maybe it’s the strange Alaskan capitalist-socialist enigma, maybe it’s just that the bridge is needed to spur economic development of the port at Point McKenzie so that the costs have to be front-ended before the value of the bridge can be achieved — but I think this is a time when the State of Alaska made the right decision in putting the project with the agency that has actually overseen road projects in the past. After the bridge is built (which is a necessary thing for the continued growth of shipping in Alaska), KABATA (perhaps with new officers making sane salaries) can make it profitable. If Point McKenzie becomes what it has the potential to become, the bridge will more than pay for itself within 20 years.

This is similar to the natural gas pipeline. It costs to build it, but once it is built, it can be developed into the goose that laid the golden egg.

It was all well and good to wait for private industry to build these things, but when private industry tap-dances for 40 years, it is insanity for an owner-state like Alaska to keep waiting on them while our economy strangles slowly from lack of the ability to get our resources to market.

Posted May 2, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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Compromise gives Knik Arm bridge to DOT, makes KABATA operator – Alaska Journal of Commerce – Breaking News 2014 – Anchorage, AK   Leave a comment

Compromise gives Knik Arm bridge to DOT, makes KABATA operator – Alaska Journal of Commerce – Breaking News 2014 – Anchorage, AK.

Senate approves new finance plan for Knik Arm Crossing – Alaska Journal of Commerce – April Issue 3 2014 – Anchorage, AK   Leave a comment

Senate approves new finance plan for Knik Arm Crossing – Alaska Journal of Commerce – April Issue 3 2014 – Anchorage, AK.

A “bridge to nowhere” gets closer to being a bridge to somewhere.

Posted April 18, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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New plan aims to advance Knik bridge – Alaska Journal of Commerce – March Issue 5 2014 – Anchorage, AK   Leave a comment

New plan aims to advance Knik bridge – Alaska Journal of Commerce – March Issue 5 2014 – Anchorage, AK.

This is one of the infamous Alaskan “bridges to nowhere” that brought down Congressional Republicans in 2006 and 2008.

Only the Knik Arm Bridge (KABATA) is not a “bridge to nowhere.” Anchorage — the largest city in Alaska — home of the third busiest international airport in the United States and the busiest cargo airport in the US — is at one end. The other end is a planned port facilities at Pt. McKenzie. Anchorage, as the 1964 earthquake graphically showed, was built on shaky ground and the current port has also outgrown both its location. Relocating it (or building a second port) at Pt. McKenzie makes sense because it avoids the bootleggers clay and Army Corps of Engineers backfill that underlay much of Anchorage’s water front.

Alaska is sitting on the largest gas reserves in the world and Asia would love to buy it from us. They want it so badly that Mitsubishi was willing to build a pipeline, but Alaskan officials messed up the deal. Although I favor taking the pipeline down to tidewater in Valdez for in-state reasons, Pt. McKenzie makes sense too, because if we can unstrand our gas, we’re going to need a bigger port to ship it. It’s either going to need to be built in Anchorage or Valdez.

Sometimes a bridge to nowhere goes somewhere that just needs to be built.

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