Federal government awards transportation grants

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal grants totaling nearly $4.3 million have been awarded to improve transportation services in Anchorage and Whittier, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens announced Tuesday.

Anchorage will receive nearly $2.5 million to build a new transportation and access annex for the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games facilities at Kincaid Park. The money will be used to reconstruct the parking lot at Kincaid Chalet to allow for safe bus traffic, develop a passenger waiting island with heating units and make other upgrades.

A $1.8 million grant was awarded to the Alaska Railroad to build a pedestrian safety access facility in Whittier. The money will be used to build a pedestrian underpass below the Whittier train yard.

The underpass will include lighting, heating, ventilation and video safety surveillance.

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