Last updated at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22

ANCHORAGE — The Whittier Police Department may start assigning officers to patrol Girdwood as soon as this weekend.

Sam Daniel, a member of the Girdwood Board of Supervisors, said city managers for Whittier and Anchorage are expected to sign a contract with WPD on Thursday. It will take effect beginning Saturday, he said.

The Anchorage Assembly approved the contract earlier this month, shortly after Alaska State Troopers officially closed their post in Girdwood. Whittier police will pick up the slack until the end of the year, at which point the contract can be extended, Daniel said.

The contract agrees to a price tag of $156,000, or $2,000 a day. To pay for the extended coverage, Girdwood voters narrowly approved an increase in their property taxes during the April election.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated troopers had ended patrols along the Seward Highway near Girdwood. Highway Patrol Troopers will continue to patrol the Seward Highway during regularly scheduled times, but will now be based out of Anchorage.