Work on $88 million worth of construction for three segments of the Port Mackenzie Rail Extension project in Alaska has kicked off.
Contracts were awarded to three construction companies for the 32-mile rail project, which will connect the mainline of the Alaska Railroad near Houston to the deep draft dock at Port Mackenzie:
- Bristol Construction will continue its work on Segment 1, the first five miles of the rail embankment. In October 2012, earthmoving was completed to the wetlands boundary.
- Granite Construction was awarded the contract for Segment 6 near Houston. Segment 6 is 1.8 miles long and will create a new “Y” rail connection on the northeastern end of the project, as well as a new siding adjacent to the Alaska Railroad mainline to Fairbanks, Alaska. The “Y” will enable freight service between Port Mackenzie and Fairbanks to the north and Anchorage/Kenai areas in Alaska to the south.
- QAP was awarded the contract for Segment 3, which is 6.5 miles long and will run from Ayshire Road to Papoose Twins Road near Susitna Parkway. Clearing of the rail extension right-of-way has begun.
Segment 4, about 7.4 miles from Papoose Twins Road to north of Horseshoe Lake, will be awarded in late summer. State general obligation bonds recently sold and are funding the project. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2016.