The state that tried to build the $400 million bridge to nowhere is tightening its belt and looking to waste only a fraction of that amount to allow you to fly to nowhere. Today's episode of burning stimulus money tells the tale of the $28 million headed up to Alaska to help the major international air hubs of Akiachak and Ouzinkie enter the 21st century. By comparison, the small field at JFK received $15 million.
The two Alaskan villages will get more combined airport money than New York City because they had higher-value projects that met the "ready to go" requirement. George Peter, tribal administrator in Akiachak, population 659, said the $14 million stimulus grant is "very, very important because it's the only transportation system we have."
There may be hope yet for that bridge..