DOT&PF Celebrates the Completion of the North Pole Interchange
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) joined the City of North Pole along with state and local community leaders today for a ribbon cutting ceremony recognizing the completion of the North Pole Interchange. This project was built out of concern for safety. This stretch of the Richardson Highway, running through North Pole, contained a higher than average number of severe accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities.
"The Richardson Highway serves two functions," said Commissioner Leo von Scheben. "One function is to efficiently carry goods and services from the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks and beyond, the other is to provide access to surrounding communities. The North Pole Interchange project will serve these functions in a safer environment."
The project's construction began in 2007 and spanned three construction seasons. The project cost $19.7 million to build, 9 percent under budget. Funding is a mix of $13.4 million State of Alaska funds, and $6.3 million Federal Highway Administration funds.
"Anytime we complete such a large and complex project, and the project is under budget, it is a testament to the successful working relationship between DOT&PF and the contractor," said Steve Titus, DOT&PF Northern Region Director.
The North Pole Interchange project was a high priority project for the community and state. It was supported by the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System, the City of North Pole, the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.