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Public weighs in on U-Med route

By Shannon Ballard 10:11 AM February 19, 2014

The final design should be finished next spring.

ANCHORAGE - A proposed $20 million construction project has some people cheering and others cringing.

People agree the U-Med district needs a new road, but the route is a point of controversy.

Tuesday the public took a look at plans for the road. They also got to provide input.

At this point, the design is only about 20 percent complete.

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities wants neighbors involved in the rest of the process.

Some look forward to an easier commute and increased development.

“I see a real need because the traffic all gets pushed into our neighborhood and onto Lake Otis,” said longtime resident William Walsky.

Others actually hope the plan falls through and nothing changes.

“Why live in Alaska for pavement and ugly buildings?” Mark Wedekind asked.

Tuesday night was the last scheduled public meeting.

The final design should be finished next spring. Construction will start in the winter.

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