About That Bridge...

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Dec 20, 2005 3:02 PM

I guess one man's Bridge to Nowere is another man's Bridge to 60 Acres of Unobstructed View Property on the Point MacKenzie side of Cook Inlet.

To state Board of Fisheries chairman Art Nelson, Don Young's Way, the proposed Knik Arm crossing named after his father-in-law, is hardly a bridge to nowhere.

For Nelson and his well-connected partners in Point Bluff LLC, Rep. Don Young's span is in fact a bridge to somewhere: their 60 acres of unobstructed view property on the Point MacKenzie side of Cook Inlet. The land sits directly across from Elmendorf Air Force Base, north of the Anchorage port and downtown.

"It's beautiful property," Nelson said.

If a road were built to the land today, it would require about a two-hour commute to downtown Anchorage. But a bridge would change everything. Don Young's Way would mean a shorter drive to downtown than from the Anchorage Hillside -- and make the land much more valuable.

H/t NTU blog.