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DOT&PF Holding Western Alaska Access Planning Study Public Meetings for 'Road to Nome'


(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) - The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is holding public meetings next week to gather comments on routes to Western Alaska identified and evaluated in the Western Alaska Access Planning Study (WAAPS).

Meetings will be held next week in Nenana and Tanana.

Meeting locations and times are as follows:

  • Tanana
    • Wednesday, Oct. 27
    • Maudrey J. Sommer School, 6 p.m.
  • Nenana
    • Thursday, Oct. 28
    • Chief Mitch Demientieff Tribal Hall, 6 p.m.
Future meetings in surrounding areas will be held at a later date and will be announced in advance.

Completed in January 2010, WAAPS 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 is available online at: www.WesternAlaskaAccess.com.

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