Featured Project: Western Alaska Access Planning Study

Project: Western Alaska Access Planning Study
Company: DOWL HKM

Challenge: Analyze the potential for constructing a highway between the contiguous Alaska highway system and the isolated highway system on the Seward Peninsula to improve community sustainability and provide opportunities for economic development through access.
Clients: State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

WAAPS logoThe Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) completed the Western Alaska Access Planning Study (WAAPS) in January 2010 - an evaluation of alternative corridors connecting the existing road sysstem in the Fairbanks area to Nome and the Seward Penninsula. The Study recommended the Yukon River Corridor, an approximately 550 mile route from Manley Hot Springs to the Nome-Council Highway. In 2011, DOT&PF conducted over 31 public meetings in affected communities, held other stakeholder meetings, and obtained public comments from a questionnaire. DOT&PF also examined logical sequencing/stages for the Yukon River Corridor and alternatives to reduce project costs. This study recommended that the first stage to be constructed would link the Elliot Highway near Manley Hot Springs to the Yukon River, near Tanana.