Alaska Railroad events highlight Tanana River Bridge construction

Alaska Railroad events highlight Tanana River Bridge construction

Events that showcase the Tanana River bridge project have been scheduled as the Alaska Railroad (ARRC) prepares for construction to begin in Salcha. 
 August 23 (Tuesday) Public Open House – Salcha School, 8530 Richardson Highway. 
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. (Note: Salcha residents located next to the
construction site have also been invited to an informational gathering on August 22. This meeting is
designed specifically for neighboring property owners and is not a public event.) 
 September 28 (Wednesday) Ground-breaking Ceremony – Beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the bridge
construction staging area in Salcha.  Access to – and space at – the staging area is limited, and vans
will be on-hand to shuttle local dignitaries to the site.

The bridge is the first phase of the larger Northern Rail Extension (NRE) project that will eventually expand railroad track infrastructure from North Pole / Eielson 80 miles southeast to Delta Junction.  Expected to be a
three-year effort, NRE Phase One will construct a new bridge across the river and an associated levee near Salcha.  The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was completed in 2010. 
The August open house will offer nearby residents and the interested public a project update to include construction phasing, traffic control, community impacts and EIS mitigation measures. The presentation will
provide an overview of these topics, however, attendees can come at any time during the open house to review displays and ask questions.  Members of the project team will be on-hand to answer questions and explain
phases and stages of the project. 
The ground-breaking ceremony will feature members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, governor’s office, local community dignitaries and railroad executives.  The event will celebrate the start of the long-anticipated rail
extension, which is expected to boost local and state economies with millions of dollars spent on local equipment, materials, supplies and lodging.  More than 200 construction jobs are projected during the summer
months and about two dozen year-round. 


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