Palin on “The Bridge to No Where” from September 2007

Found this through another blog that linked an search of the New York Times on Palin back from a year ago, before anyone knew her. I didn’t realize that one million people visited Alaska for tourism.

Alaska: End Sought For ‘bridge To Nowhere’

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: September 22, 2007

Gov. Sarah Palin ordered state transportation officials to abandon the ”bridge to nowhere” project that became a nationwide symbol of federal pork-barrel spending. The $398 million bridge would have connected Ketchikan, on one island in southeastern Alaska, to its airport on another nearby island. ”Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport,” Ms. Palin, a Republican, said in a news release, ”but the $398 million bridge is not the answer.” She directed the State Transportation Department to find the most ”fiscally responsible” alternative for access to the airport. Ketchikan is Alaska’s entry port for northbound cruise ships that bring more than one million visitors yearly. Flights into Gravina Island require a 15-minute ferry ride to reach the more densely populated Revillagigedo Island and Ketchikan.

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