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Linda Menard appointed to KABATA board

by Diana Haecker ~ June 15th, 2010

Alaska Senator Linda Menard has been appointed to the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority board of directors. Senate President Gary Stevens made the appointment, which is effective June 8.Menard replaces Senator Charlie Huggins on the board.

There are seven members on the board, including three private citizens, two regional legislators and two state commissioners or their designees.

Menard said in a statement that she has been a vocal advocate in favor of the Knik Arm bridge and is looking forward to have a direct role in shaping the project’s future.

The Knik Arm bridge project, for short KABATA, was established by the State legislature in 2003 to construct a bridge across Knik Arm connecting the Municipality of Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough. When built, the bridge would significantly shorten the distance from Anchorage to the Mat-Su valley.

The project went through the environmental impact statement process and the Federal Highway Administration is expected to enter a record of decision this year.

1 Response to Linda Menard appointed to KABATA board

  1. Nimby Elitist

    Couple of corrections. The EIS is not done until the Record of Decision is issued, which is still not complete.
    More important, KABATA has not come up with a financial scheme to pay for either the first 2 lane bridge and approach roads, or the “Phase 2″ 4 lane bridge and roads that meet National Highway standards.
    Only people west or south of Wasilla will have a shorter drive to Anchorage, and many will not choose to drive a winding 2 lane road without lights through a moose refuge, and pay $5 (or more) in a toll for the “privilege” of saving 5 minutes.
    KABATA’s traffic and population estimates are based on outdated 2005 projections by a Texas firm. The latest population estimates done by UAA’s Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER) show about 50% less population in 2030, than the estimates that KABATA uses.
    KABATA relies on population growth equivalent to a city the size of Palmer being added to the Borough EVERY YEAR from now until 2040.
    If that doesn’t happen, the state will have to make up the toll revenue, and pay for upkeep and maintenance.
    Don’t bet your Permenant Fund check on KABATA’s toll predictions being right!

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