Army requests Fort Richardson fence proposals

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The Army is requesting proposals regarding building a 34-mile fence aimed at keeping people off Fort Richardson during training.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted the request on its Web site this week.

Maj. Ben Danner, spokesman for the U.S. Army in Alaska, said the Army Corps' request for proposals on the possible 8-foot-high chain-link fence does not mean the fence definitely will be built. He said budgetary reasons require that a contract be offered before the end of the fiscal year in September. The contract can always be modified or canceled.

''This should not be construed as a decision on the fence,'' Danner said.

The Army published plans recently to fence 34 miles of Fort Richardson's boundaries inside Anchorage. The fence would weave near private property, and end access to the foothills in east Anchorage and areas near some Eagle River neighborhoods.

The Army plans to go ahead with public meetings Wednesday in Anchorage and Thursday in Eagle River. Danner said the information obtained from those meetings will help decide whether to build the fence.

The Anchorage meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Susitna Elementary School at 7500 Tyone Court. The second meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Municipal Meeting Room in Eagle River at 11901 Business Boulevard.

''We're beating the bushes trying to get as much public comment and input as we can,'' he said.

The Army Corps of Engineers' request is for contractors who will design and build the project, Danner said. According to the Web site, costs could range from $1 million to $5 million. The bidding process for the proposed contract ends Sept. 19.

Once public comment is taken, then the Army will go through the information and make its decision. And the community will know what is happening along the way, Danner said.

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