Mat-Su moves ahead on ferry landing

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will pay nearly $1 million to finish design and permit work for a ferry landing at Point MacKenzie.

Officials are expecting delivering of the ferry Susitna in 2010. The military prototype ice breaker will eventually shuttle commuters between Point MacKenzie and Anchorage.

Borough officials say they've waited about two years to see where the ferry dock will be located on the Anchorage side of Cook Inlet, but decided it couldn't wait any longer.

The borough says the ferry landing at Port MacKenzie will cost about $12 million, and the Anchorage ferry landing is an estimated $22 million.

Borough port director Marc Van Dongen says the ferry will dock at Point MacKenzie until the Anchorage landing can be completed.

By the end of October 2010, Van Dongen said the borough hopes to be making regular runs taking commuters across Knik Arm.

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