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New airport plan spares park

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The latest, scaled-down plans for a $2.2 billion expansion at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport feature a new north-south runway but no controversial incursion into Kincaid Park.

If built, the new runway will force the realignment of a section of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail at Point Woronzof, Point Woronzof Road, the Anchorage sewage treatment plant and the Woronzof parking lot, airport officials said.

A small stretch of the trail around Point Woronzof, along with the road, will need to be moved if the new runway is built, airport officials said.

The first phase of planned improvements include runway and taxiway improvements to handle a new fleet of Airbus A-380 double-decker passenger planes, new international cargo facilities and general aviation expansion.

The second phase includes the new runway about 900 feet west of the airport's existing main runway, room for new parking and hotel facilities, and a tunnel connecting the terminal area to the West Air Park.

Opposition voiced last year led the airport to drop immediate plans to expand into Kincaid near Little Campbell Lake.



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