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DOT holding open house on February 19 for Airport Way/Steese Expressway Interchange project

 One of the options the DOT is presenting at the open house for the Airport Way/Steese Expressway Interchange project on February 19 is a "Continuous Flow Intersection", which allows vehicles to make a left turn several hundred feet before the intersection. (AK DOTPF)
One of the options the DOT is presenting at the open house for the Airport Way/Steese Expressway Interchange project on February 19 is a "Continuous Flow Intersection", which allows vehicles to make a left turn several hundred feet before the intersection. (AK DOTPF) (KTVF)
Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 3:20 PM AKST
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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) is holding an open house from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on February 19 at the Wedgewood Resort’s Garden Room.

The event will present an opportunity for information and questions regarding the Airport Way/Steese Expressway Interchange project.

According to Engineering Manager, Carl Heim, the DOT will present information on two options for the interchange -- a continuous flow intersection, and a median U-turn intersection. These options represent a solution to problematic left-turns at the current intersection.

According to the DOT website, the existing intersection has the fifth highest number of total injury and fatal crashes in Fairbanks.

The options DOT will present at the open house are a more affordable at-level alternative for the intersection than an overpass on the Richardson, which was the initial option selected by the public.

According to Heim, the project, which will be funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), should cost somewhere in the $10-15 million range. An overpass would have cost an estimated $40 million, which would have tapped this year’s HSIP fund for the entire state.

Heim says that DOT would like to begin construction on the project in 2022. Depending on the alternative selected, he says it could be a 1-2 season job.

More information can be found on the DOT Airport Way/Steese Expressway Interchange project page.

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