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The 3.2 mile Gravina Island "Highway" opened in September 2008 and construction began in June 2007. This road goes from Ketchikan's airport on Gravina Island to a beach with a few cabins nearby, the location where the proposed, now-cancelled Gravina Bridge to Nowhere would have reached Gravina Island after crossing Tongass Narrows .

The project cost approximately $28 million (or nearly $9 million per mile) and was paid for by a $48 million federal earmark not removed by Congress in November 2005 when it cancelled the $223 million Gravina Bridge earmark (the State of Alaska still received the money for transportation projects). For more information, see this story from the Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2008.

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Construction of the Gravina "Highway"
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