It closes a chapter that has brought the state reams of ridicule, but it also leaves open wounds in a community that fought for decades to get federal help.
"We went through political hot water — tons of it — and not just nationally but internationally," said Ketchikan-Gateway Borough Mayor Joe Williams. "We have nothing to show for it."
The $398 million bridge would have connected Ketchikan to its airport on a sparsely populated nearby Gravina island.
"We will continue to look for options for Ketchikan to allow better access to the island," Gov. Sarah Palin said. "The concentration is not going to be on a $400 million bridge."
Palin has directed the state Department of Transportation to find the most "fiscally responsible" alternative for access to the airport.