Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

The state Department of Transportation will host an online public meeting Tuesday to present its plans for a $15 million project to reconfigure a busy intersection on the east side of Fairbanks that’s scheduled to begin next year.

Fort Wainwright

Work will begin next month on improvements to the busiest entryway into Fort Wainwright. The project on the eastern stretch of Gaffney Road will require temporary closure of the Main Gate and Visitors Center. When it’s completed, the changes will help traffic flow more smoothly on to post. It’ll also enable vehicles to get through a much-bigger construction zone that the state will set next year at a nearby major intersection.

Alaska Department of Transportation

Two roundabouts built last summer at the intersection of the Steese Highway and Chena Hot Springs Road in Fairbanks are drawing criticism from some drivers. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Judy Ferguson

An elderly Delta Junction woman with lung disease says she was mistreated and manhandled Saturday by Alaska Airlines personnel and Fairbanks International Airport police as they were removing her from a plane because she refused to wear the type of mask the airline requires.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

The flooding that closed about a mile of Spengler Road near Big Delta earlier this month has begun to recede. And a state Transportation Department spokesperson says repair work on a side road that had washed-out is helping to deflect the rain-swollen Delta River’s floodwaters.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The state Transportation Department hopes to resume work soon on a dike off the Delta River near Big Delta to divert floodwater that’s flooded nearly a mile of the Old Richardson Highway. No one’s been injured, but the flooding north of Delta Junction has swamped at least a couple of homes and cut off access to several others.

Denali Highway Opens Cantwell to Paxson

May 21, 2020
Robyne / KUAC

A popular recreational access route has opened just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. The state Department of Transportation says the 135-mile-long Denali Highway, between Cantwell on the Parks Highway, and Paxson on the Richardson,

Taylor Highway Opens

Apr 21, 2020
Robyne / KUAC

State Department of Transportation crews have cleared the 160-mile Taylor Highway from the intersection with the Alaska Highway to the city of Eagle.

The highway usually is open by now, but this winter’s extreme snowfall and drifting, along with flooding from ice jams, have delayed the opening by several weeks. A D-O-T news release issued this (Wed) morning says crews started removing snow and ice along the highway in mid-March.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

A snowier-than-average winter and four consecutive years of budget cuts and have stretched the state Department of Transportation’s ability to plow state roads to the limit. Department Commissioner Marc Luiken says that’s forced him and his workers to come up with more efficient ways to get the job done.

Alaska State Troopers

A 23-car pileup closed a slippery stretch of the Johansen Expressway for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon. Only minor injuries were reported, but the chain-reaction wrecks closed the two westbound lanes between Peger Road and University Avenue – right after four state Department of Transportation snowplows had passed through the area.