Salcha

DVIDS/U.S. Air Force

More than 5,000 people may come to the Fairbanks area over the next four years as part of the move to base two squadrons of F-35 fighters at Eielson Air Force Base. The latest estimate announced Monday is well above the previous estimate of 3,500. The bigger population increase is expected to place a greater burden on local services.


Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will introduce a resolution Thursday during their regular meeting in support of a new bike path along the Richardson Highway. The project to connect Salcha and Eielson Air Force Base is in the very early stages of development.

Alaska Railroad

Alaska’s longest bridge is pretty much done. The 3,300-foot structure now spans the Tanana riverbed just west of Salcha, providing the military with year-round ground access to its training ranges on the far side. But, state officials don’t yet know where they’ll get funding to begin work on the next phase of the Northern Rail Extension project.


Flooding has devastated several Alaskan towns and villages this Breakup season, but residents of one Interior community are relieved that they didn’t get flooded this year. A levee built last year along the Tanana River in Salcha as part of a big bridge-construction project seems to have kept the river from doing what it’s been doing for the past several years: overflowing the Piledriver Slough and flooding a couple dozen homes in the area. KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports.

Kent Pollak/HDR Alaska

A Fairbanks-based trucking company is hauling dozens of massive support structures up the Richardson Highway over the next few months. The 165-foot steel girders will be used to build the Alaska Railroad bridge over the Tanana River at Salcha. Motorists who encounter the slow-moving convoys of trucks hauling the girders should drive carefully – and expect delays.


Photo courtesy of Tanana Valley Watershed Association

Students from Salcha School are getting out of the classroom and into the field for a 10-year science project that calls for the kids to research the impact that construction of the Alaska Railroad bridge over the Tanana River will have on the Piledriver Slough.

Photo courtesy of the Alaska Railroad

One year after the Alaska Railroad’s contractor began clearing land on the banks of the Tanana River in Salcha, the real work is about to begin on the state’s longest bridge. KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports.