Deal could mean highway lights for moose-rich area of Glenn

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2000

PALMER (AP) -- Motorists crossing the Palmer Hay Flats at night often don't see moose on the road until it's too late.

The four-mile stretch of the Glenn Highway near its intersection with the Parks Highway has one of the highest rates of moose-car collisions in the state.

State and local officials have talked for years about putting up lights to make the road safer. And $1 million to install the lights was appropriated by the Legislature in 1997. But state transportation officials said they couldn't afford the upkeep.

That bill may now be picked up by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the local power company, at least for the first three years.

Matanuska Electric Association has pledged to cover $16,000 a year for electric costs, and the borough has agreed to look at picking up the balance for three years, said Jim Swing, public works director for the borough. The borough's share, by one transportation department estimate, could be as much as $44,000 a year.

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