by Todd Walker
KTUU Channel 2 News
4:16 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
The nation's top transportation official is in Alaska this week.
Tuesday morning, Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood heard from community leaders in Girdwood on what to do about one of the deadliest roads in the state: the Seward Highway.
The Girdwood Community Center was just one of the stops LaHood made on his tour around Alaska learning about the state's unique transportation needs.
The vast majority of people who participated in the roundtable said the Seward Highway needs to be expanded to four lanes, and even turned into a highway with lanes separated by a barrier.
“They've made some good temporary fixes,” LaHood said. “But if the long term is that it needs to be a wider highway, if it needs to be a bigger highway, if it needs more capacity, then it will be up to the Congressional delegation working with the state to make that decision.”
LaHood rode the Alaska Railroad to the meeting in Girdwood and was briefed on how the railroad operates by the CEO. LaHood then left the meeting in Girdwood on the train as well.
When asked if he would drive the Seward Highway himself, LaHood said he would.
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