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Alaska bond measure includes $453 million in transportation

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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 5:35 pm | Updated: 11:51 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - On the Nov. 6 ballot, tucked away amid the presidential candidates and legislative races, is a nearly half-billion dollar question.

Bonding Proposition A will ask voters whether the state should borrow money to pay for a $453 million package of transportation projects.

If approved, the state will issue general obligation bonds for a collection of 36 projects throughout the state.

The Legislature voted to forward the package of projects to voters during its last session.

Included in the list are four Fairbanks-area projects: • A $24 million extension of McGrath Road would connect the road to the Johansen Expressway, which would extend the road along the Old Steese Highway.

That extension, which has the largest price tag among the local projects, has drawn some controversy because it would cut a few hundred feet into the eastern edge of Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

• A replacement of the Wendell Street Bridge is budgeted at $14.4 million.

• Plack Road in North Pole is slated to receive a $5 million upgrade.

• Reconstruction of the Elliott Highway, from Mile 108 to 120, would cost $6.5 million.

Also among the items in the bond package are two other Interior projects: an $11 million replacement of the Ruby Creek Bridge south of Delta Junction, and a $6.5 million access project to the Totchaket Resource Development corridor near Nenana.

The largest project on the list is for a $50 million expansion of the Port of Anchorage.

The list of projects included in Bonding Proposition A also includes:

• Port of Anchorage expansion, $50 million

• Bethel harbor dredging, $4 million

• Bristol Bay Borough - Port of Bristol Bay expansion and pile dock replacement $7 million

• Emmonak port improvements $3 million

• Haines Borough boat harbor upgrades $15 million • Hooper Bay boat harbor, $1 million

• Kodiak pier replacement, $15 million

• Kotzebue Cape Blossom Road and deep water port, $10 million

• Matanuska-Su Borough Bogard Road Extension East, $13.5 million

• Matanuska-Su Borough Port Mackenzie rail extension, $30 million

• Newtok Traditional Council, Mertarvik Evacuation Road construction, $4.1 million

• Nome port design and construction, $10 million

• Sand Point road rehabilitation, $2.5 million

• Seward, Marine Industrial Center expansion, $10 million

• Sitka Sawmill Cove Industrial Park dock $7.5 million

• St. George harbor reconstruction $3 million

• Togiak waterfront transit facility, $3.3 million

• Glenn Highway reconstruction $35 million

• Glenn Highway/Muldoon Road Interchange reconstruction, $15 million

• New Seward Highway/ 36th Avenue reconstruction, $26 million

• New Seward Highway mile 75-90 bridge repairs, $10 million

• Anchorage O’Malley Road reconstruction, $15 million

• Juneau Glacier Highway improvements, $5.5 million

• Juneau Mendenhall Loop improvements, $6 million

• Kenai Spur Road rehabilitation, $20 million

• Ketchikan Shelter Cove Road construction and improvements, $19 million

• Mat-Su Fairview Loop reconstruction, $10 million

• Mat-Su Knik Goose Bay Road reconstruction, $15 million

• Platinum Airport runway extension, $3.1 million

• Sitka Katlian Bay road construction, $14 million

Contact staff writer Jeff Richardson at 459-7518.

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