Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, The Daley Gator, Flappr, Pirate’s Cove, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!  As always, if I’ve missed you in the FMJRA, let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure we link back to you.

Now, then, for us Mat-Su Alaskans, there’s this.

State transportation leaders say they’re taking another look at the idea of using a tunnel instead of a bridge to connect the city of Anchorage with undeveloped land across the Knik Arm, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Alaska politicians have advanced the idea of the Knik Arm bridge in the past as a way for Anchorage area residents and workers to access more developable land in the Mat-Su. 

But some Anchorage residents — particularly in the Government Hill neighborhood, where one end of the bridge would sit — have criticized its steep price tag and its displacement of neighborhood homes and businesses. A 2019 study estimated construction costs for the bridge to be some $900 million.

Here’s the area in question; you can see the narrow neck of the Knik Arm north of Anchorage, south of Point McKenzie:

If I understand it right, the circled area is roughly where the bridge/tunnel would be built.

As a Mat-Su resident, I can only say this:  Please, no.  Don’t do this.  Please don’t do this.  This will surely come up on a bond issue, and I will expend my last breath campaigning against it.  This would turn the Valley, as far up as Willow, into a bedroom community for Anchorage.  We don’t want that.  I would much rather spend the rest of my life driving the long way around the Knik to go to Cabela’s or the airport than to have Los Anchorage expand to north of the Knik.

Of course, if this were somehow approved today, it would still be years before the damn thing was open; but developers would immediately flood the Mat-Su looking to build more housing developments.  Everything we love about the Susitna Valley – low taxes, affordable housing, no traffic, few people – would be gone.

No, Alaska,  Just no.