Rep. Kevin McCabe

Rep. Kevin McCabe, R-Big Lake, said one of his major concerns is the location of a bridge that will be needed to cross the Susitna River. Where the crossing is built is important for the protection of salmon and other fish, McCabe said.

A planned 100-mile industrial access road built into the western Matansuka Susitna Borough will be open to public access, a state official told legislators in a briefing in Juneau. The West Susitna Access Project, if it is built, would begin at Ayrshire Road west of Big Lake and end on the upper Skwenta River near where mining companies are exploring a gold discovery.

There is a great deal interest in the road and the mining exploration among Mat-Su Borough residents, including opposition.

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