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Briggs Bridge opens

A ceremony dedicating the new Hiland Crossing was held Oct. 1. The $26.4 million project will alleviate a traffic bottleneck at Artillery Road and cuts five miles from the commute by Eagle River Valley residents.

The bridge will be known as Briggs Bridge.

The project was originally slated for completion in 1988, however, numerous problems — like gaining financing and community support of the design — delayed construction.

Next summer, the first part of phase three of the Hiland project will start. A third lane and sidewalk will be added to the Hiland Road overpass leading to the landfill.

A “truck climbing” lane will also be added to the southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway after crossing Eagle River, Transportation department assistant design chief Mike Tooley told the Star. The new lane will prevent traffic from being impeded by vehicles traveling slowly up the hill, he said.

 

Chamber elects new board

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce elected a new board of directors. Those include president Bruce Marion, Greg Stevenson, John Rodda, Chuck Landers, Dennis Johnson, Tony DeLucia, Sandra DeLucia, Al Romaszewski, Bev Felix, Ted Carlson, Lola Pederson, Dennis Clark, Mark Underwood, Ron Cooper and Larry Wood.

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