Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Homer Spit’s future as an iconic tourist attraction is in danger of washing away. Erosion along the spit’s sea walls is not a new problem. City officials are working with state and federal agencies to find a lasting solution.

Driving onto the four-mile-long Homer Spit, you’ll notice a majority of the Sterling Highway is shielded by boulders. But as you approach the numerous restaurants and businesses that attract thousands of tourists here each year, that shield against erosion.  

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The state Department of Transportation says an Anchor Point bridge is at risk of becoming compromised. The bridge on the Old Sterling Highway crosses the Anchor River.

DOT became aware of the issue in 2017, but after an inspection earlier this month, spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said the bridge’s condition deteriorated faster than expected.

“The material from the abutment, which is where the road meets the bridge, is starting to flow under the bridge – really problematic, essentially creating a sinkhole,” she said.

DOT Proves Point On Some Gas Assessments

Jan 12, 2016
Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The City of Homer and the Alaska Department of Transportation are negotiating how much DOT owes the city in natural gas assessments. Last year DOT refused to pay for eight of their properties in the city’s natural gas assessment district. Jill Reese with DOT told KBBI in November those properties can’t be taxed.

“It’s not subject to the assessment since there’s no opportunity to develop the property and take advantage of the gas line,” said Reese.

Homer and State Argue Gas Assessments

Nov 4, 2015
Image Courtesy of WV Metro News

The City of Homer wants the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to pay a little more than $26,000 in natural gas assessments for eight state owned plots of land. DOT refuses. The city and DOT are negotiating a solution.