Lawmaker wants to use aircraft carriers for toll bridge

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state representative wants to study the possibility of building a toll bridge out of retired Navy aircraft carriers.

The Northwest News Network reports Rep. Jesse Young would like to link Bremerton and Port Orchard using two retired carriers now moored at the naval shipyard in Bremerton.

Money for a $90,000 feasibility study for Young’s idea was included in the state highway budget that passed the House last week. It could be stripped out of the final transportation spending plan ultimately passed by lawmakers.

A Navy spokesman says neither of the two ships Young would like to use – the USS Independence and USS Kitty Hawk – is currently available.

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  • "peety"

    another clueless Republican. Why do you think the Navy retired these ships? The maintenance alone to keep those ships functioning as a public roadway will make this project a non starter.

  • Robert Cooper

    I would like to know who posted the image…that is not an aircraft carrier. I think these law makers need to get out of their offices and get some fresh air or at least stop with these hair brain ideas. Next thing you know they are going to want to tax something else for this “study”

  • Ken

    As long as the catapult still works I see no problem letting any car with a tale hook cross the bay. I think even Darwin is smiling at this idea. Of course Jesse will need to be the first car to cross.

  • Joe Clark

    Military planes, ships, tanks are decommissioned with the ability to be recommissioned if needed again and the way our government is running the country I believe this government equipment should stay where they are in case needed again!

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