by Sir Ray
Nothing was said about installing the tracks any time soon.
Alaska’s top elected officials gathered here Tuesday to mark the completion of the longest bridge in Alaska, expressing hope that someday it will be part of a railroad connection to Canada and the Lower 48, though no money is headed down the tracks anytime soon
For now, the $187 million bridge connects a gravel road near the Richardson Highway with the vast Tanana Flats south of the Tanana River, where there are no roads. It will be used by the Army and Air Force for year-round access to a million-acre training range.
Built to bear the load of the heaviest high-speed freight trains and to withstand the ice and water pressure of one of Alaska’s great rivers, the bridge was finished on time after a three-year construction effort