Turnagain Times Tidbits
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
Now that Turnagain Times has passed into the annals of history, it’s appropriate to look back at its 20-year past after its final issue was published on Nov. 3, 2017.
The following excerpt is from the third issue of Turnagain Times, published July 2, 1998 on page 6 and likely written by Ken Osuna.
The article is about the $57.3 million contract awarded for the Whittier Road Project, which included converting the 2.5-mile long Anton Anderson Tunnel to allow vehicles to drive through.
Tunnel Contract Awarded
The contractor will design and convert the two-and-a-half mile long railroad tunnel into a dual use facility with railroad tracks and one lane of vehicle traffic. The tunnel work will include the installation of ventilation and lighting systems, traffic control and vehicle detection systems, fire protection and emergency areas. The tunnel will have eight safe houses that can be sealed off from the rest of the tunnel in case of an emergency.
In addition, the contractor will pave the new road from the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center to the staging area in Bear Valley and will build the vehicle staging area on the Whittier side of the tunnel. The project also includes reconstructing the road in Whittier from the staging area to the Marine Highway terminal and replacing the Whittier Creek and Shakespeare Creek bridges.