BLM Taking Public Comment On Ambler Access Road
The Bureau of Land Management has started a ninety day public comment period about the purposed Ambler access road.
The road would stretch 211 miles, and would be an industrial access road used by a handful of industrial mining districts. That means it would not be a public road for travel.
The road would branch off the Dalton highway and stretch across the foothills of the Brooke Range to the Ambler Mining District. The project is being organized by the Alaska Industrial and Export Authority.
Along with the BLM, the project has been filed with the National Park Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Coast Guard, and the US Federal Highway Administration.
The project was postponed by Gov. Bill Walker in 2015 due to the state's budget deficit. Walker has since said he would allow spending up to 3 point 6 million dollars to begin an environmental review.
The road has been planned to go through the gates of the Arctic National Preserve. An alternate route has already been drawn for a 280 mile road that would cut through a smaller part of the reserve.
For more information on the project, you can visit www.ambleraccess.org