Stretch of McCarthy Road to get summer improvement

Jun 26, 2014 -- 10:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 14-mile stretch of a rugged gravel road between Chitina and McCarthy will be paved with emulsified asphalt and crushed rock in a summer project of the Alaska Department of Transportation. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the paving will be the first time any of the 60-mile road through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve gets such a firm surface. Transportation department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says the new surface will help decrease future maintenance costs and reduce dust kicked up by vehicles. The work is expected to start in early July. The $1.6 million cost comes from federal funding left over from 2012 road repair work. McCarthy Lodge owner Neil Darish says McCarthy residents expressed apprehension about the project at a recent DOT meeting in the community.

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