A draft environmental impact statement was issued by DOT&PF in 1984, and the Alaska Legislature began pursuing the project in earnest with the creation of KABATA
According to KABATA, the new bridge would support the port's freight-handling capacity and improve regional operations serving the airport and military.
Last October, KABATA received qualifications from six development teams and qualified three to compete in the final RFP process.
was established by the Alaska Legislature to "develop, stimulate and advance the economic welfare of the state and further the development of public transportation systems in the vicinity of the Upper Cook Inlet," said Foster.
Legislators put a huge piece of the project puzzle in place in June 2006 when it passed House Bill 471, which gave KABATA the authority to enter into public/private partnerships.
Last year, two international consortiums of companies replied when KABATA issued its request for qualifications to design, build, finance and construct the Knik Arm Bridge, Pease said.
By December, Pease said KABATA will decide which consortium to partner with in developing the project.
Although the total cost of the bridge is estimated to be between $400 million to $750 million, currently KABATA has funding for the first phase, according to Springer.
His statement said that in keeping with the regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), KABATA started its pre-Notice of Intent phase by hiring three experienced Alaska firms to provide assistance in specific areas.