- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The bid opening for a ferry terminal replacement project in British Columbia has again been pushed back to allow more time for a possible resolution over the use of U.S. steel in the project.

The state of Alaska last week pushed the bid opening from Jan. 6 to Jan. 21. A spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker says the delay speaks to a willingness on both sides to come to mutually agreeable terms.

The Prince Rupert terminal is on Canadian soil leased by the state as part of the Alaska’s ferry system.

Canadian officials have balked at a Federal Highway Administration requirement that U.S. steel be used in projects it funds. Much of the funding for the replacement project is set to come from the federal agency, with the state contributing.

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