Senator Coghill Applauds North Pole Road/Rail Crossing Decision
NORTH POLE-Senator John Coghill, R-North Pole, is applauding news today that the Federal Railroad Administration issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact” for the Environmental Assessment of the North Pole Road/Rail Crossing Reduction project. The project is designed to reduce the number of same-level Alaska Railroad crossings from Richardson Highway Milepost 9 to the Chena River Floodway.
“This project meets several critical transportation needs, not just in Interior Alaska, but also for the entire state,” said Senator Coghill. “It immediately improves safety for the public and the Railroad by reducing the risk of train/vehicle collisions while eliminating traffic delays in the North Pole area caused by train operations. In the long term, it will enhance economic development for the entire state because it is the first phase of the Fairbanks area realignment project which will increase statewide delivery speeds and access to the Flint Hills Refinery.”
The project will eliminate nine crossings within the city of North Pole, create a separate grade crossing over the Richardson Highway and realign a section of track to use the Tanana River Flood Control Levee as a base.
“The Alaska Railroad is a crucial component of the state’s economy,” said Senator Coghill. “I am very pleased to see these improvements will ensure continued rail access to existing and future Alaska Railroad customers while minimizing impacts to business and property owners.”
The entire report issued by the Federal Railroad Administration can be read here.