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Alaska Trucking Association Sets Legislative Priorities

Nov. 24, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Trucking Association has issued its list of legislative priorities for the 2010 session that commences in January, according to executive director Aves Thompson.

Heading the priorities is making the Alaska natural gas pipeline a reality, along with funding for gas line highway and bridge infrastructure prior to gas line construction.

The association also has set a high priority for statewide transportation infrastructure improvement, specifically relating to the Parks Highway weight restriction eliminations and the Dalton Highway road and bridge upgrades.

In addition, the Association, according to Thompson, "Supports DOT&PF maintenance and operation budget expenditures for replacement of the Trail River Bridge near Moose Pass and addressing deferred highway maintenance needs. Federal funding is likely to decrease to a point where it will no longer meet Alaska's transportation infrastructure needs, and we will need to invest our dollars into the transportation system. We need a State-funded capital projects program."

The Trucking Association also is in favor of anti-indemnification language to prevent the shifting of liability in motor carrier contracts.
The Alaska Trucking Association, along with the Associated General Contractors of Alaska and the Alaska Mining Association, will hold a legislative fly-in Feb. 9 to discuss legislative priorities with the State Legislature in Juneau.

The Alaska Trucking Association is a nearly 200-member statewide association of companies in the transportation and trucking industry. More than 30,000 people in Alaska are employed in the industry, with a payroll exceeding $1 billion. The trucking industry moves approximately 40 percent of all the freight delivered in Alaska.

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