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Nenana Totchaket Road Project Number: NSHWY00657

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is proposing to construct the Nenana Totchaket Road from the Nenana River to the Kantishna River.

Proposed Action

The proposed action is to construct the Nenana Totchaket Road from the Nenana River to the Kantishna River, near Nenana Alaska. The project will include improving approximately 12 miles of existing road and constructing 20 miles of new road.

Rehabilitation
The existing approximately 12-mile roadway is proposed to undergo minor releveling in areas that have experienced settling, flattening of embankment side slopes, installation of new surface course, clearing of vegetation at slope toes, minor repair of three bridge crossings (Little Nenana River Bridge #1557, East Middle River Bridge #1559, and West Middle River Bridge #1558), and some drainage improvements including culvert replacement and ditch work. Existing turnouts are also proposed to be improved, and new turnouts may be constructed as needed to support hauling materials during construction. No realignment of the existing roadway is anticipated (see Figures 2-4).

Extension
Approximately 20 miles of new road is proposed to be constructed to extend the existing Totchaket Road, extending westerly to end at the Kantishna River. The first 16 miles of new road is proposed to be built within the City of Nenana’s existing 500’ wide right-of-way (ROW) easement, and new ROW acquisition would be required for the remainder (see Figures 2, 4-5). For the westernmost section of the proposed extension, there are two Proposed Alternatives:

Alternative 1: In this option, the proposed road will maintain the bearing of the preceding road extension alignment, extending westerly an additional 4.5 miles to the east bank, above ordinary high water of the Kantishna River (see Figure 5).

Alternative 2: In this option, the proposed road will alter course, taking on a northwesterly bearing. The proposed road would then extend approximately 3 miles over higher ground to terminate at a point further north, above ordinary high water near the Kantishna River (see Figure 5).

Purpose and Need

Construct the Nenana Totchaket Road from the Nenana River to the Kantishna River. Project will include improving approximately 12 miles of existing road and constructing 20 miles of new road. The Project will provide access for future agricultural development as well as increased access for hunting and fishing in the area.

Schedule

  • 12/23/2021 – An agency scoping letter was sent to interested parties in an effort to collect information about the area and comments regarding the proposed project.
  • 1/20/2022 – Agency initial comment period closed.
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