Alaska voters appeared likely to approve a $453 million transportation bond, based on early returns.

Proposition A on Tuesday’s state ballot had a lead of 56% of the vote with almost all precincts reporting, according to the division of elections.

If passed, the ballot measure would allocate money to build the first leg of a multi-billion dollar road to Nome, to help move a village, pay for a rail link to a port at Point MacKenzie and add to the expansion of the Anchorage port.

Specifically, the general obligation bond proposition would spend $195 million in grants to local government for ports, harbors and other projects and give the department of transportation $254 million for road projects and one airport, the newspaper said.

The port and rail extensions are the largest grants.

In other Alaska election news, Republicans appeared likely to take control of the state Senate, ending four years of a bipartisan split in that house. They already controlled the state House.

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