Heritage designation proposed for Seward highway corridor

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowksi have introduced legislation to create a national heritage area for historic routes leading from Seward to Anchorage.

The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area bill will help preserve the history of routes from Seward north through the Kenai Mountains and on to Anchorage. The route roughly follows the first leg of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and most of the Seward Highway National Scenic Byway.

The bill would provide for federally-funded signs for the trails leading from tidewater in Prince William Sound north to Turnagain Arm.

''Unlike any of the existing heritage areas in America, the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm corridor will highlight the experience of the western frontier, of transportation and settlement in a difficult land, of the gold rush and resource development in a remote area,'' Murkowski said Tuesday in a statement.

The bill would not limit business activities or resource development in the designated area.

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