KENAI, Alaska (AP) – The Department of Transportation plans to begin a project in 2020 to reroute the Sterling Highway and construct what would be Alaska’s largest bridge.

The Peninsula Clarion reported the Sterling Highway MP 45-60 Project will include installation of the bridge running across Juneau Creek Canyon.

Transportation department officials and engineering firm HDR Alaska have spoken with Cooper Landing residents to discuss details of the plan also known as the Cooper Landing Bypass Project.

Officials say the route north of Cooper Landing was one of four possibilities discussed in an Environmental Impact Statement for the plan, also referred to as the Juneau Creek Alternative.

Project managers say the main priorities are to have meaningful construction completed by the end of 2020 and to open the road to traffic by 2025.

Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion,