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DOT&PF Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Routes to Western Alaska


(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will hold public meetings 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 White Mountain, Koyuk, Elim, Shaktoolik, Unalakleet and Nome.

Completed in January 2010, the study identified resources and communities in Western Alaska that would benefit from a road corridor. WAAPS evaluated the location and benefits of various corridor alignments to Western Alaska. The study recommends 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 almost runs parallel to the Yukon River.

Meeting locations and times are as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 11
    • White Mountain Tribal Center, 10 a.m.
    • Koyuk Community Hall, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12
    • Elim City Building (basement), 11 a.m.
    • Shaktoolik Annex, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13
    • Unalakleet Community Building, 10 a.m.
    • Nome, Old St. Joseph’s Church, 6 p.m.

Future meetings in surrounding areas will be held at a later date and will be announced in advance.

For more information visit www.WesternAlaskaAccess.com.

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