Story last updated at 3/4/2009 - 11:01 am
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin, along with Senate President Gary Stevens, Sen. Albert Kookesh and Rep. Bill Thomas, has announced the beginning of the bid process for the state's first economic stimulus project - construction of a new causeway in Gustavus.
"With approximately $7.7 million in economic stimulus funds, coupled with previously appropriated National Park Service funds, this project can now move forward," Palin said in a press release. "This new causeway will create good paying jobs and will be a great benefit to the community."
The existing causeway was built in the early 1960s.
"We will replace the existing state-owned Gustavus pier and causeway, which has been in very poor condition for years and is a safety hazard," said Leo von Scheben, Commissioner for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
"The new pier and causeway will be a roll-off and roll-on marine transfer facility capable of mooring freighters, freight and fuel barges, transport vessels, and sightseeing vessels. This project will greatly improve marine access in and out of the city and the Glacier Bay National Park."
More information about economic stimulus transportation projects is available online at www.dot.state.ak.us/econstim.