Article by Leo Quigley, American Journal of Transportation
America's 49th state is entirely dependent on three primary supply routes consisting of the Alaska Highway, air and ocean frieght. There are no railways that connect Alaska to the other 48 states and it closest neightbors.
Of the three, only the Yukon can be accesses by land, and the most recent proposal to build a land link between Alaska and Russia was the AmerAsian Pease tunnel, a project that received the approval of the Russian government in 2011 and, if completed, would extend a distance of 64 miles at a cost of roughly a billion dollars a mile.
In the meantime the True Pacific Northwest state must rely on the State of Washington, and particularly Puget Sound, for most of its supplies. In fact, the Port of Tacoma is Alaska's largest trading partner after China and Japan.
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