The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is working to replace the Crooked Creek Bridge at mile 128 on the Steese Highway in the community of Central. The current bridge is a one-lane truss bridge, while the rest of the Steese Highway to the south, between the bridge and Fairbanks, as well as to the north, toward Circle, has two lanes. The bridge's driving surface is made of wooden planks, and the bridge abutment walls (retaining walls that support the ends of the bridge) are also constructed of wood. The bridge has reached the end of its service life and needs to be replaced.
The new bridge will be constructed to meet current design standards and will have two lanes with shoulders. This wider bridge will accommodate all standard sizes of vehicles and trailers, which will be able to use the roadway access from the new bridge to travel toward the city of Circle. The addition of shoulders to the bridge will make travel safer for pedestrians and other non-motorized users.
What are we up to?
We are currently working on the environmental document which we expect will be necessary for right-of-way acquisition. We are planning to conduct fieldwork this summer with construction beginning in 2025. We hosted a public meeting in fall 2022 and plan on hosting another in fall 2023.
Please feel free to contact our project manager, Ivet Hall at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-451-5386 with any feedback, or any other comments. You can also send her mail at:
Ivet Hall, P.E.
2301 Peger Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709