Alaska Railroad Receives FRA Grant for Rail/Highway Bridge to Military Training Area

WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is awarding $44.2 million to the Alaska Railroad for a dual use railroad/highway bridge over the Tanana River to the U.S. military’s Joint Tanana Training Complex.

The bridge, which is part of the Northern Rail Extension project, is part of the new 80-mile rail line from North Pole to Delta Junction. The grant funds are to be used to advance existing designs to contract-ready engineering documents; complete filings for all necessary permits; obtain required rights-of-way; build construction staging areas; and begin construction of the bridge and connecting roadways.

However, no funds may be spent for construction purposes until all environmental review work is completed.

The funds are from the FY 2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Act and were transferred to FRA to administer.