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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 10, 2022
Press Release: 22-0045
Contact: Kaitlin Williams, (907) 451-5311, kaitlin.williams@alaska.gov

DOT&PF Reopens Maintenance Station in Central Alaska
to Full Capacity
Central is the final M&O Station to reopen after 2016 closures.

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) —The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, (DOT&PF) is re-opening the Central Maintenance station on October 10, 2022. This maintenance station serves the Steese Highway and nearby communities of Central and Circle. 

“Opening this camp allows us to better maintain our roads in this area, and to address challenges we have experienced with winter road maintenance.” said Northern Region Director, Joseph Kemp. “Eagle Summit in particular is very challenging in the wintertime.”

The Steese Highway starts in Fairbanks and extends 161 miles northwest toward Central and Circle Hot Springs. Central is located at MP 127.6. The Steese  Highway crosses Eagle Summit at 3,685 feet which frequently experiences strong winds and snow drifting during the winter.

“I am pleased to be able to reopen this maintenance station for the people of Interior Alaska,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “Increasing the safety of our roads and highway is a priority for this administration and reopening these stations will improve winter traveling conditions.”

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 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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