If it wasn’t bad enough for California to spend taxpayer dollars on an overbudget project which outsourced jobs to China, the ARRC intends to use federal money to outsource steel to a foreign steel supplier. From AISC’s website:
(Chicago, IL) – The National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) has issued a detailed statement outlining their objection to the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) on their intent to use federally provided funding to purchase foreign steel and off-shore fabrication for the Tanana River crossing and related projects. The $190 million Tanana River Bridge Crossing project is being developed as part of the Alaska Railroad Corporation’s Northern Rail Extension, which would provide the military year round access to the Joint Pacific Area Range Complex (JPARC) military training grounds. Federal funding for this project has come from the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the U.S. Department of Defense has already provided $104 million.