Transit, trails and rails: 64 projects underway in Mat-Su
At the 9th annual Mat-Su Transportation Fair, Palmer resident Kate Graber was full of questions.
“Total curiosity because I heard they were doing improvements on the Glenn Highway going through Palmer and I wanted to see what it would consist of,” Graber said.
The event was held to provide answers and bring folks up to date on the latest rail, trail and road projects in the area.
Graber is thrilled about new construction happening near her home.
“They’re building an 8-mile-long bike path and walking path which I think is exciting,” Graber said.
It’s just one of 64 projects on display at the transportation fair.
“It is a one-stop-shop for information about what is going on in the valley,” event organizer Anne Brooks said. “All of our projects are publicly funded and people should have a say in how the money is spent,”
Construction manager Tyson Johnson helped design three miles of new ATV trails that recently opened near Jim Creek.
“It’s their tax dollars at work and there definitely will be more this year,” Johnson said.
The Mat-Su remains among the fastest growing areas in Alaska, according to state transportation officials, and the road to change is under construction.
Anchorage will host it’s own transportation fair on February 15th at the Alaska Airlines Center.
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