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JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a $484,850 contract to a Juneau business for a major trail improvement project near the Mendenhall Glacier.
Admiralty Construction will begin work on the Trail of Time project this fall once the last cruise ship has departed from Juneau.
The project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will include replacing a Steep Creek bridge, building an handicap-accessible ramp behind the visitor center for access to the Trail of Time, construction of a new observation platform, and paving two sections of trail and an overlook. The project is slated for completion by May 2011.
The Mendenhall Glacier is the third most visited feature in the State of Alaska. Annual visitation has increased from 25,000 in the early 1960s, when the visitor center was first built, to nearly 500,000 in the past three years.