Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Public Notices > Notice to Hunters: Port Mac Rail Extension closed to through traffic

Notice Type Public Notice

The 32-mile Port MacKenzie Rail Extension is an ongoing Southcentral Alaska transportation infrastructure project. The entire rail extension is owned by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough including the siding at Houston, the embankment, bridges, culverts, and the 200-foot-wide right of way. The property is closed to all activities except for those related to the project. 

Survey and monumentation work continue along the rail extension as well as bridge inspections by engineers scheduled for this fall.

The rail project is 75 percent complete with one segment of active rail and four segments of gravel embankments. In 2015, track was placed in the northern part of the project near Houston for a rail siding, which allows trains to pass and rail cars to separate from trains. “No Trespassing” signs are posted along the corridor, and gates are locked to prevent unauthorized travel from damaging the embankment. Borough Code Compliance officers will be monitoring the corridor.

As hunting season continues, please read the State hunting regulations and know who owns the land where you plan to hunt and get permission from them. The U.S. Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management in Anchorage also has maps with specifics on access.

Most of the land along the rail spur is private. All the legal access routes that cross the rail spur are designated for winter travel only due to the large extent of wetlands along the corridor.

For more information contact Jude Bilafer Capital Projects Director at (907) 861-7702 or Public Affairs Director Stefan Hinman at (907) 861-8577 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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