(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) –The Tanana Road Extension project officially kicked off Monday, July 21, with a celebration event in Tanana.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) hosted the kickoff event in coordination with the community of Tanana.
The Tanana Road Extension project will bring significant benefits to the community of Tanana by reducing freight and cargo costs and reducing travel costs for residents and visitors. The extension will also increase access to resources in the Interior.
The project involves constructing 20 miles of new road and upgrading 14 miles of existing road. The new single-lane, gravel road will be a continuation of Tofty Road to the south banks of the Yukon River, about six miles from the city of Tanana. Features include turnouts, a turnaround near the road terminus, one bridge, and drainage and erosion control.
Clearing for the road began in 2013, and construction will start this month. The project completion date is set for December 2015.
The State of Alaska provided construction funding for the almost $11 million project. The contract was awarded to Cruz Construction.
Photos of the Tanana Road Extension Kick-off Celebration are available on the DOT&PF flickr stream at http://bit.ly/1pxvxUI.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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