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DOT&PF Public Meetings will Focus on Two Projects

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is holding public meetings later this month to gather comments and provide updates on two projects: the Ambler Mining District Access and the Western Alaska Access Planning Study.

Meeting locations and times are as follows:
  • Ambler
    • Monday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m.
    • Ambler School Gymnasium
  • Shugnak
    • Monday, Nov. 22, 6 p.m.
    • Shugnak School Gymnasium
  • Kobuk
    • Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m.
    • Kobuk Tribal Council Offices
The Ambler Mining District Access project will evaluate potential transportation routes to the Ambler Mining District. The goal is to provide all season access for exploration and development of resources and to address critical infrastructure needs such as power generation and communications. All modes of transportation will be evaluated including roads, rail, barge, and airport networks.

Completed in January 2010, the study identified resources and communities in Western Alaska that would benefit from a road 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 about the Western Alaska Access Planning Study is online at www.WesternAlaskaAccess.com.

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