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Summer Road Construction: Bridge completion and closure

Published: May. 28, 2022 at 3:19 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) has been working around the clock with the limited summer that Alaska provides. Construction will continue to be seen at the Cushman Street and the Mitchell Expressway bridges.

Danielle Tessen, a public information officer at DOT explained that “the Cushman Street bridge and the Mitchell Expressway bridge projects both will be completed by June 1st. Once those projects are completed and open for the public to travel across, we will then be closing the Steese Expressway.”

DOT, in partnership with HC Contractors, will close the Steese Expressway from College Road to the intersection at Airport Way. This project is scheduled to begin on June 1st and last through July 1st.

Andrew Pagel, a project engineer at DOT explained, “We’re repaving the Steese between College Road and Chena bridge and we’re widening and extending the length of all the turn pockets that lead up to the intersection of Steese... the third Steese intersection, all the turn pockets are getting wider and longer.”

In addition, pedestrian paths are getting new fencing and curbs.

The Steese Expressway closure won’t begin until both the Cushman Street bridge and the Mitchell Expressway bridge projects are complete to keep traffic flowing in Fairbanks.

More information can be found at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Navigator website.

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