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Northwest Alaska Transportation Plan
North Slope Borough, Northwest Arctic Borough, Seward Peninsula-Norton Sound, and Middle Yukon River Basin

NORTHWEST ALASKA TRANSPORTATION PLAN PURPOSE:

To improve intra- and inter-regional connectivity by developing transportation links for access, trade, and local resource development sensitive to traditional values and land use by the region’s peoples, and to improve transportation safety, service, flexibility, and efficiency for users and the State.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

  • Community Engagement
  • Improve Safety
  • Reduce Impacts to the Natural Environment
  • Mitigate Impacts
  • Protect Subsistence Use
  • Responsible Development
  • Support Locally Driven Projects
  • Be Responsive to Community Needs
  • Project Delivery Efficiency

PLAN GOALS:

  • GOAL 1: Provide Basic Access to Services
  • GOAL 2: Improve Community Connectivity
  • GOAL 3: Enhance Usage of the Transportation System
  • GOAL 4: Support Transportation Infrastructure Improvements
  • GOAL 5: Enhance System Adaptability and Flexibility
  • GOAL 6: Support Transportation Improvements to Promote Economic Development

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PROJECTED OUTCOMES:

  • Reduce cost of energy
  • Reduce cost of living
  • Reduce project costs
  • Reduce project delays
  • Increase reliability of infrastructure
  • Ensure capacity to meet existing and future demand levels for people and goods
  • Increase connectivity
  • Increase integration of land-use, resource development, and transportation planning

TIMELINE & NEXT STEPS:

  • Ongoing Community Engagement
  • Community Transportation Inventories
  • Transportation System Analysis
  • Data Model Forecasts