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Alaska Railroad announces public meeting, comment period for North Pole Road/Rail Crossing Reduction Project - Draft EA

April 5 meeting provides venue for presentation, discussion, questions

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) and Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA) announce the availability of a Draft Environmental
Assessment (EA) of the North Pole Road/Rail Crossing Reduction project.
The public is invited to attend an open house-style meeting to discuss
EA findings and to consider the project’s economic, social and
environmental impacts in relation to community goals and objectives:

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012 (Presentation at 5:30 p.m.)
Hotel North Pole, 449 N. Santa Claus Lane

As proposed, the project will: 
- Close 9 at-grade (road and rail at the same level) crossings within
the City of North Pole, including the Richardson Highway crossing- 
- Construct a grade-separated crossing over Richardson Highway
- Reduce train traffic at 3 crossings along the spur track
- Realign the track along the Tanana River Flood Control Levee
- Acquire land for the new realigned right-of-way

A project fact sheet and the EA are available online at
www.AlaskaRailroad.com -> Projects -> Fairbanks/Interior Projects. 
For more information or to request a hard copy of the EA, contact
Jeanette Greenbaum at (907) 265-2440, or email GreenbaumJ@akrr.com. 
Printed copies of the EA are also available for public review at:
- Fairbanks North Star Borough Office - 809 Pioneer Road, Fairbanks
- North Pole City Office -125 Snowman Lane, North Pole
- North Pole Library - 601 Snowman Lane, North Pole
- Fairbanks Library - Noel Wien Library, 1215 Cowles Street, Fairbanks

The public is welcome and encouraged to provide comments on the EA
beginning now through the comment deadline Wednesday, April 25. Comments
may be submitted by:
- Mail - Alaska Railroad Capital Projects (North Pole Project), PO Box
107500, Anchorage, AK  99510-7500
- Email - public_comment@akrr.com  
- Fax - (907) 265-2365 

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