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Lawmaker: Glenn Highway closures highlight need for Knik Arm Bridge

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch
Joel Irwin photo

On Friday morning, a car chase that ended with a flaming vehicle and a fatal trooper-involved shooting and delayed traffic on the Glenn Highway between Anchorage and Wasilla for hours.

The pursuit began when troopers observed a 1994 Saturn coupe with a single male occupant fail to signal when turning onto the Parks Highway. After being Tasered with no effect, the man advanced toward troopers with a raised baseball bat and was shot. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

No need to let such an opportunity go to waste, right?

Early Friday evening, Alaska state Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Susitna Valley, noted in a press release that the shooting and investigation wouldn't have been such a disruption to Alaska's transportation network if there were more routes into and out of Anchorage ... such as the Knik Arm bridge.

Rep. Neuman's remarks were issued by the state House Majority. Maybe he drew the short straw?

Read the statement below:

A number of road closures this month in the Southcentral Alaska area have legislators concerned with growing congestion.

With the closure of the Glen Highway today, Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Su Valley, and other Members of the Valley delegation are urging Alaskans to look at building alternative routes in and out of Anchorage – such as the Knik Arm Crossing.

"It's events like this, as tragic as they maybe, that help us realize just how fragile our transportation system is in Alaska. Thousands of families use the Glen Highway each day, as do business in transporting goods and services to many Alaskans," Neuman said. "These are the reasons why I feel so strongly about building the Knik Arm Crossing."