Bond May Be Possible To Finance New Coonskin Bridge

A new bridge at Coonskin Park might be financed with a bond. If state officials close off Coonskin Drive to the public, the bridge would be necessary for access to the park, and it would cost around $9 million. Retired adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, Allen Tackett, says federal funding for the bridge project doesn't appear to be an option, but it may be possible to acquire a bond. The Charleston Gazette reports since National Guard aircraft are kept at Yeager Airport, Tackett will suggest National Guard officials ask the Yeager airport board, the Kanawha County Commission and the city of Charleston to each contribute $100,000 a year to help pay off the bond. The National Guard will pay for the rest. We reported earlier this week Tackett's estimate that the $9 million Coonskin bridge could help save the economic impact of an $89 million facitlity. The details lie in the balance.