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Dalton Highway Scenic Byway Corridor Partnership Plan Public Meeting Announcement and Review Period


Oct. 29, 2009

(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (AKDOT&PF), in coordination with the project planner from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, will host a series of public meetings to discuss the second draft of the Dalton Highway Scenic Byway Corridor Partnership Plan. 

The purpose of these public meetings is to provide background information on the planning process and to discuss the plan’s contents with the interested public, government agencies, businesses, and other stakeholders. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. All interested parties are welcome to participate and are encouraged to review the plan prior to the scheduled meetings.

Public meetings were held in the communities of Fairbanks and Wiseman on September 30, 2009, and October 1, 2009 respectively. Transcripts from those meetings are available on the project website.

The plan is available for review at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/scenic/daltoncpp.shtml.

Barrow Meetings Schedule:

· WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 5:00-7:00pm

· WHERE: Barrow, AK—Inupiat Heritage Center 

Deadhorse Meetings Schedule

· WHEN: Friday, November 13, 2009, 1:00-3:00pm

· WHERE: Deadhorse, AK—DOT/FAA Combined Facility

Comments from North Slope Borough officials and those attending the meetings in Barrow and Deadhorse will be accepted for one week after the public meetings are held in those communities (until November 20, 2009). As previously publicized, the last day to submit comments for all others is October 31, 2009. The plan has been available for public review since August 31, 2009.

The Dalton Highway Scenic Byway Corridor Partnership Plan (CPP) is a comprehensive evaluation of the state scenic byway’s intrinsic qualities and serves as a guide for the management, protection, and enhancement of those qualities over time. The CPP is an expression of local desires, written in cooperation with local communities, organizations, businesses, and public agencies. 

In addition to evaluating what makes the Dalton Highway unique and valued by stakeholders, the CPP expresses stakeholders’ concerns voiced during the public process and details how those concerns and challenges influence management and planning.

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