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Frank Murkowski

Alaska's 'road to nowhere' is still a boondoggle

Alaska's 'road to nowhere' is still a boondoggle

It has been said that nothing dies harder than a bad idea. Nearly two decades ago, while I was serving as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Alaska's Sens. Frank Murkowski and Ted Stevens wanted to build a 38-mile gravel road in their state, with 11 miles going through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The road would connect the salmon canneries in King Cove, population 948, with a larger airport in the neighboring town of Cold Bay to expand and speed shipping. My boss at the time, President Clinton, promised to veto the bill for a simple reason: It was a bad idea. Based on federal and state documents, the Wilderness Society has estimated the total cost of the "road to...