by The Associated Press
Thursday, January 07, 2010
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Federal regulators have approved the plan to extend the Alaska Railroad 80 miles from Eielson Air Force Base to Delta and nearby Fort Greely.
After months of review the Surface Transportation Board said Tuesday it is satisfied with the plan that would provide year-round freight access to military training grounds.
The Department of Defense is contributing $100 million for a half-mile bridge across the Tanana River.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the entire rail extension could cost about $700 million.