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Public comment period opens for Denali bridges

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 19, 2014 at 5:21 am •  Published: August 19, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — National Park Service officials say the agency is considering whether to replace two pedestrian bridges at Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve.

The agency is taking public comments through Sept. 17 for an environmental assessment for the possible project, which would take place next summer at Hotel Creek.

Officials say the Healy Overlook and Taiga Trail bridges were built near the water surface and usually capture water flow on top of winter ice.

Officials say this creates ice dams on the bridges that usually don't melt until mid-June, resulting in unsafe conditions.

According to officials, a new bridge would serve both trails.