Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Construction projects in the Matanuska- Susitna Borough have created 70 new jobs this summer, according to Borough media representatives. The projects are related to Port Mackenzie expansion. A barge dock there is growing from eight to 16-acres. The $5 million dollar barge dock expansion makes it an ideal area for large industrial projects, according to Borough spokeswoman Patti Sullivan.
Construction of a one-mile rail loop that will be able to handle a 100-car train has helped to boost employment numbers, too. The related projects are expected to make Port MacKenzie the only place in the state where the Alaska Railroad can offload bulk materials in an efficient loop.
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