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Bridge repair should be highest priority

...bridges? Sound off on the important issues at A Juneau Empire article in August quoted Richard Pratt, the state's chief bridge engineer, as saying that "while the state has numerous bridges listed as structurally deficient, 124 by last count...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/090607/let_20070906021.shtml
Opinion
Alaska's bridges see extra scrutiny after Minnesota collapse

...including the Mendenhall River bridge in Juneau. Sound off on the important issues at Department of Transportation Chief Bridge Engineer Richard Pratt isn't worried about those either. "If there's any question about a bridge, we close it down...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080807/loc_20070808008.shtml
News
State, union work toward contract

...year, and the average supervisor had worked for the state almost 14 years. One of those at the protest, state chief bridge engineer Rich Pratt, said the state was being hurt by not being able to attract employees it needs, partially because...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/112807/loc_20071128020.shtml
News
Rural residents wary of rickety bridges in Alaska

...Road, it's a heavy-duty flatbed trailer originally meant for use on the North Slope haul road. Rich Pratt, chief bridge engineer for the state Transportation Department, said federal law requires state inspectors to examine "every publicly...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/021108/sta_245866086.shtml
State supervisors approve contract deal

...problems tied to low oil prices, supervisor salaries failed to keep up with inflation, said Pratt, the state's chief bridge engineer. "This contract does essentially nothing to make up for those losses over the last 20 years," he said. Kreitzer...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/031408/sta_257858275.shtml
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