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Alaska’s longest bridge is pretty much done. The 3,300-foot structure now spans the Tanana riverbed just west of Salcha, providing the military with year-round ground access to its training ranges on the far side. But, state officials don’t yet know where they’ll get funding to begin work on the next phase of the Northern Rail Extension project.


Flooding has devastated several Alaskan towns and villages this Breakup season, but residents of one Interior community are relieved that they didn’t get flooded this year. A levee built last year along the Tanana River in Salcha as part of a big bridge-construction project seems to have kept the river from doing what it’s been doing for the past several years: overflowing the Piledriver Slough and flooding a couple dozen homes in the area. KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports.

Photo courtesy of the Alaska Railroad

One year after the Alaska Railroad’s contractor began clearing land on the banks of the Tanana River in Salcha, the real work is about to begin on the state’s longest bridge. KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports.