Heidi Zemach for SCN –
A lot of busy work is being done around town to prepare for the tourist season, which officially started last week with the arrival of the Alaska Railroad passenger trains and the large cruise ships. For the past three days, Alaska Railroad Corporation workers have been making improvements at the entrance of the Railroad road that runs off of Seward Highway. They dug up the old wooden crossing, which was uneven and in poor shape. They had been receiving complaints from those who had to drive over it, said Blake Adolfae, who is an ARRC Manager, and responsible for things such as scheduling, logistics, and more. They replaced the crossing with a concrete modular crossing, considered a step up from the old one. Next, they will dig up the asphalt on either side of it, and re-pave it to the bike path. They plan to stripe it after that, and as soon as it dries Saturday, open if for use.
“It will be really pretty,” said Adolfae.
On days like today, with the cruise ship in port, there are two passenger trains running between Anchorage and Seward. One is open to all passengers. It arrives a little after 11:00 a.m. and leaves daily at around 6:00 p.m. The other passenger train is exclusively for cruise-ship passengers, and it runs directly to the cruise ship terminal.