by Jason Lamb
Thursday, March 25, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A joint city-state transportation board voted Thursday to keep the proposed Knik Arm Bridge within Anchorage's short-term plans.
Last year, with a different mayor and different Department of Transportation officials, the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transit Solutions committee voted unanimously to put the bridge on the city's list of long-term goals, which means at least until the year 2018.
The cities of Wasilla and Houston later sued the committee, saying it hadn't properly allowed for public comment. AMATS started the public comment process over again, ending with Thursday's vote.
State DOT representatives and Mayor Dan Sullivan said the project should remain in the city's short-term goals; different from what DOT and then-Mayor Mark Begich voted last year. That change of heart had committee member Patrick Flynn call out a DOT representative before the final vote.