The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) with contractor, Great Northwest, Inc., is constructing safety and access improvements on the Richardson Highway corridor between the 6-mile Badger Road interchange and Levee Way. Construction on this project began in June 2019 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2020 construction season.
The four-lane highway that connects Fairbanks with North Pole was originally constructed in 1966. Over the past half-decade, amid residential, commercial, and industrial growth, partial frontage roads and additional access points were added along the highway, many of which do not adhere to modern design standards. Today, an average of 14,000 vehicles drive through the corridor every day, and that number is expected to increase over the next 15 years.
The bulk of the work in 2020 will happen on the mainline highway that connects North Pole with Fairbanks. This work will have a significant impact on Richardson Highway commuter traffic and drivers should expect delays.
Here is what drivers can expect:
Drivers should expect that their commute between Fairbanks and North Pole will be delayed, especially during peak travel times. We ask that drivers plan extra time to travel during construction. For updated information about traffic impacts throughout the season, please visit AlaskaNavigator.org.
This project will improve safety on this high-traffic corridor by changing how drivers access the highway and improving visibility. The project includes the following improvement:
Safety and Access Improvements
Frontage Road Improvements
Frontage roads will be constructed or improved to better serve the access needs of local traffic. The project will include new pavement, road widening, drainage upgrades, and accommodation for emergency vehicles and snow plows.