Takotna Airport Relocation
Environmental Assessment with Finding Of No Significant Impact -
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is proposing to relocate the airport at Takotna approximately one mile east of its present location. Takotna is located on the north bank of the Takotna River and on the Iditarod National Historic Trail 17 air miles west of McGrath. The improvements include a new 4,000-foot runway. The project is scheduled to be advertised for construction in the spring of 2008.
A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed project. The EA describes the alternatives considered and evaluates the probable economic, social, and environmental effects of the proposed project and its consistency with the goals and objectives of such local planning as has been carried out by the community of Takotna.
This project would:
- Construct a new 1.1 mile, 24-foot wide, two-lane all-weather gravel access road. The access road would connect the proposed airport with existing roads at the eastern limits of the village.
- Acquire approximately 119 acres for the new runway and associated airport facilities and 2.6 acres for the airport access road from MTNT, Limited (the native corporation of McGrath, Takotna, Nikolai and Telida).
- Install a single-phase transmission line adjacent to the access road to provide power to the airport.
- Install radio-controlled medium-intensity runway lighting (MIRL) and medium-intensity taxiway lighting (MITL), a rotating beacon, and a lighted wind cone and segmented circle. Airfield aids would include a supplemental unlighted wind cone, reflective cones, and threshold panels.
- Construct a 44-foot by 50-foot heated storage building for airport snow removal equipment adjacent to the aviation support area. An airport rotating beacon would be installed on the new building.
- Store fuel for snow removal equipment in a double-walled, skid-mounted tank with a 500-gallon capacity.
- Expand an existing material site and develop two new materials sites.