Parking places planned for Whittier

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city of Whittier has contracted with two companies to turn 13 acres of city land into parking lots with more than 800 spaces.

Carrie Williams, Whittier city manager, said most of the spaces will be ready June 7, when the tunnel connecting the city to Portage opens to vehicle traffic.

Whittier, on the east shore of Prince William Sound, expects more than 700,000 summer visitors after the tunnel opens. Some people figure about 2,000 cars a day will go through the tunnel.

The parking lots will cost more than $500,000, said Jim Barnett of Clearwater Environmental Inc., the company hired for the construction.

The company hired to manage the parking spaces is proposing to charge between $5 and $12 a day per space, with the fee largely based on how far the space is from the city harbor.

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