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Alaska department moving away from 'bridge to nowhere'


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s so-called bridge to nowhere, derided by critics as an example of congressional earmarks run amok, appears dead.

State transportation department officials have spurned the idea of building a bridge to connect the southeast Alaska community of Ketchikan to its airport on a neighboring island. Instead, the department is endorsing the continued use of ferries to get people to and from the airport. Construction costs have been estimated at $23 million for such things as upgrading terminals and creating waiting areas for ferry passengers.

From there, officials w...

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