Mat-Su borough wins transportation planning award with new long range plan

Still captured from Matanuska Susitna Borough video.
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WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - In a video series known as Whistle Stop, officials in the valley announced the recent award gained by their transportation department ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Vern Halter, the mayor of the Mat-Su borough, sat down with Jessica Smith, who received the nationally-recognized Transportation Planning Award for their long-term look at the borough's transportation needs as well as its limitations.

"The long range plan looks 20 years into the future," Smith said of the award-winning plan appropriately titled "Matanuska Susitna Borough 2035."

"It then takes modeling data, public input and professional input, and looks at what roads we should look at improving in the next several years," Smith said.

Smith said that the plan looks at short, medium, and long-term projects, and considers other modes of transportation in addition to roadways.

The plan should be presented to the public at the next Mat-Su borough assembly meeting, held during the first week in December.

The complete Whistle Stop video can be viewed in its entirety below. In addition to Smith and the transportation planning award, borough manager, John Moosey also talks about the newly-minted LNG agreement with China.