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KABATA announces Appointment of Senator Linda Menard to the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority Board


(Anchorage, AK), June 15, 2010: The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA) announces that Senator Linda Menard was appointed to its Board of Directors by Senate President Gary Stevens, effective June 8, 2010.  Senator Menard has been a strong advocate of the Knik Arm Bridge and she will now have a more direct role as a member of its policy making Board.

Andrew Niemiec, KABATA Executive Director, stated, "We welcome Senator Menard to the KABATA Board and look forward to working with her to deliver this important project to generations of Alaskans. KABATA also extends its thanks to Senator Huggins, whom Senator Menard is replacing, for his contribution. The project is on track and we are progressing forward to a Record of Decision (ROD) before the end of this year.  Once a ROD is obtained, we can move on to procurement and construction."

Senator Linda Menard stated, "For four decades I've been a very vocal advocate in favor of the Knik Arm Bridge. Now, I'll have a more direct role in shaping the project's future."

Senator Menard continued, "I've said repeatedly that the bridge is a good idea, not only for the economy but for public safety as well. Alaska is a growing state and its people need the infrastructure necessary to facilitate smart growth. I know that the vocal support I've shown publically for the bridge will translate perfectly into a decision making role on the KABATA board."

The Alaska Legislature established the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority in 2003 under Alaska Statute 19.75 to "develop, stimulate, and advance the economic welfare of the state and further the development of public transportation systems in the vicinity of Upper Cook Inlet with construction of a bridge to span Knik Arm and connect the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough." Additional information about KABATA and the Knik Arm Crossing Project can be found on KABATA's website at www.knikarmbridge.com.

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