Railroad plans $90 million Interior rerouting

Posted: Friday, March 09, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad Corp. is proposing to relocate a Fairbanks line between Sheep Creek Road and the median of the Parks Highway.

The new alignment would move onto the Tanana River Dike and stay there past North Pole to the Moose Pass Road interchange, eliminating 48 road and trail crossings. That plan also cuts out about 18 miles of track.

Thomas Engineering and Peratrovich, Nottingham & Drage Inc. drafted the conceptual designs for the project. Bob Thomas, with Thomas Engineering, said the project has a price tag of about $90 million.

Thomas estimated project completion to be six to 10 years from now.

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