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Fairbanks Area PM 2.5 Motor Vehicle Plug-Ins (CMAQ) NFHWY00555/002480

Project Description:

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in cooperation with the Alaska Division of the Federal Highway Administration, is installing electrical motor vehicle plug-in outlets at public parking lots located within the Fairbanks North Star Borough at Birch Hill Recreation Area, Tanana Lakes Recreation Area, Chena Lake Recreation Area, and UAF U-Park. Construction on this project is expected to begin in fall 2022 and be complete in 2023.

Purpose and Need:

The Fairbanks Metropolitan Area does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter 2.5 microns and smaller (PM2.5) as required by the Clean Air Act, thus is designated as a non-attainment area. Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program is federally funded and designed to improve surface transportation congestion and air quality for non-attainment areas.
Providing electrical motor vehicle plug-ins at locations within the non-attainment areas will assist in curtailment of PM2.5 pollution from vehicles.

Project Milestones

  • Winter 2021 – Environmental Document Approval, Abbreviated Design Study Report Approval
  • Winter 2021 – Finalize Design
  • Fall 2022 – Construction Begins