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DOT&PF Western Alaska Access Planning Study Meetings Scheduled

Meetings scheduled in Fairbanks, Allakaket, Bettles, Ruby, Huslia and Minto

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is holding public meetings next week to gather comments and give updates on the Western Alaska Access Planning Study (WAAPS).

Meeting locations and times for next week are as follows:

• Fairbanks, Monday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m., Morris Thompson Cultural Center

• Allakaket, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 12 p.m., Allakaket Tribal Hall

• Bettles, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 5:30 p.m., Bettles Fire Hall

• Ruby, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 12 p.m., Ruby Community Hall

• Huslia, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m., Huslia Community Hall

• Minto, Thursday, Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m., Minto Lodge

Completed in January 2010, WAAPS identified resources and communities in Western Alaska that would benefit from a transportation corridor. The study evaluated the locations and benefits of various corridor alignments to Western Alaska. The study’s recommendations focus on the Yukon River Corridor, beginning near Manley Hot Springs on the Elliott Highway and ending at the Nome-Council Highway. About 500 miles long, the route runs almost parallel to the Yukon River. More information on WAAPS can be found at www.WesternAlaskaAccess.com.

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