State department plans to save Near Island Bridge from rust

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KODIAK, Alaska (AP) The Alaska Department of Transportation has plans in spring 2019 to stop the Near Island Bridge from rusting away.

Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the state department revealed its plan on Tuesday, saying repairs are necessary to reduce current maintenance efforts and preserve the service life of the bridge.

The project would patch spalls on the bridge's concrete surface, sandblast and repaint the bridge's metal superstructure, fix deteriorated portions of the sidewalk and smooth the pedestrian approaches to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Department chief bridge engineer Richard Pratt said the project that would cost more than $1 million would be funded by the federal Department of Transportation and some state funds.

Borough engineering director Bob Tucker said the borough would welcome rehabilitation of the bridge.