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DOT&PF, Gustavus, NPS to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

(JUNEAU, Alaska) - After only a year's worth of construction on Alaska's first economic stimulus project, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will join with the City of Gustavus and the U.S. National Park Service Monday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m., in Gustavus for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly constructed causeway and dock facility.

Construction began in June 2009 to replace the state-owned Gustavus pier and causeway, a facility that became a safety hazard following years of weather exposure.

The new pier and causeway is a roll-off and roll-on marine transfer facility capable of mooring freighters, freight and fuel barges, transport vessels, and sightseeing vessels.

Expected to be completed in October, the project will improve marine access in and out of the city and the Glacier Bay National Park Preserve.

Attending Monday afternoon's ceremony will be DOT&PF Commissioner Leo von Scheben; Kim Elton Director of Alaska Affairs; U.S. Department of Interior; Sandi Marchbanks, former Mayor of Gustavus; and Kevin Sweeney, Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

"This project accomplished the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," said von Scheben. "The construction brought good paying jobs to Gustavus and soon the community and the park service will have a safe and secure place for barges and ferries."

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