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Secretary LaHood Talks Transportation With Alaskans

September 28, 2011|By Abby Hancock | Channel 2 News
Brian Hild (KTUU-DT)

Anchorage, Alaska — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spent day two of his Alaska visit discussing major transportation issues and concerns with Alaskans.

At the University of Alaska Anchorage's aviation center on Wednesday, Secretary LaHood and Sen. Mark Begich heard from aviation experts on issues from air safety to airport infrastructure in rural areas of the state.

With aviation being a major part of life for many Alaskans, LaHood says people are concerned with safety and having proper infrastructure like airports or runways to accommodate air traffic in smaller communities.

LaHood also met with Alaska transportation and business leaders for a roundtable discussion on infrastructure and investment Wednesday afternoon that included talks on road access and safety, major transportation projects, job creation and Alaska's role in the future of the Arctic.

"The people here really know much better what the potential is for that part of the world and if they decide the Arctic is an area that they want to get involved with, then obviously it will be up to us to try and find ways to be helpful," said LaHood.

The Transportation Secretary's Alaska visit is hosted by Sen. Begich and Rep. Don Young.

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