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ADOT&PF, Tanana to hold kickoff event for Tanana Road Extension

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), in coordination with the community of Tanana, will hold a kickoff celebration Monday, July 21, in Tanana for the Tanana Road Extension.

The project, funded by the State of Alaska, involves constructing 20 miles of new road and upgrading 14 miles of existing road. The new single-lane, gravel road will be a continuation of Tofty Road near Manley, to the south banks of the Yukon River, about six miles from the city of Tanana. Construction will begin this month.

The road extension will bring significant benefits to Tanana in the form of reduced freight and cargo fees and reduced transportation costs for residents and visitors. The road will also increase access to mineral development in the Interior.

Attendees of Monday’s event will include Gov. Sean Parnell and ADOT&PF Commissioner Pat Kemp.

The ceremony will start at 10:15 a.m. and will be held at the Elders’ picnic area by the river.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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