Stedman Initiates Legislative
Audit of Gravina Bridge Project
Audit will examine DOT's management of federal and state bridge
February 21, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - Wednesday the Legislative Budget & Audit
Committee directed the Legislative Audit Division to initiate
an audit of the Department of Transportation's handling of the
Gravina Access Project proposed for Ketchikan. The audit was
requested by Senator Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) who is Co-Chair of
Senate Finance Committee and a member of the committee.
"The Gravina Bridge is a top priority for the state, but
has been stalled by a bureaucratic process within DOT,"
Senator Stedman said. "Alaskans want results, and we need
assurance that this project has been administered consistent
with congressional, legislative, and public intent. This audit
will give the public a fresh look at how their money has been
managed on this important infrastructure project."
The Gravina Access Project in Ketchikan was initiated 30 years
ago to improve surface transportation between Revillagigedo Island
and Gravina Island. After exhaustive study and review, the Federal
Highway Administration selected a two span, 320-foot bridge as
the preferred alternative. Despite the fact that the project
has received substantial federal and state appropriations, bridge
construction has not begun.
"After years of effort, access to Gravina has not improved,
there is no bridge in sight, and still no clear explanation as
to why," said Stedman. "This audit should answer some
very important questions."
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