Department of Transportation seeks public input on Parks Highway improvements
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF) is asking users of the Parks Highway between Healy and Cantwell to participate in an online open house about what kind of work they would like to see done on that stretch on road.
Caitlin Frye, Northern Region Information Officer with the DOTPF, explained that the survey is part of a larger Planning Study that will be looking at improvements to be made between south of Cantwell and the turnoff to Ferry, a census-designated area north of Healy,
Frye told us “This is a really busy corridor, and it’s got a lot of different users.” According to Frye, these users include locals, trucks, tourists, commuters and hikers.
In addition to the online open house, the DOTPF has contacted various stakeholders in the region, including businesses, the Denali Borough and Denali National Park. Crash data is also being analyzed, as is environmental impact.
The public survey portion will be open for comment until July 25th. Frye stressed that comments made to the department’s social media profiles are not officially included in comments for the study.
Frye outlined some of the basic topics in the online open house, which include identifying points on the highway that are more congested with traffic, whether there should be more pullouts or more access to trailheads, and what facilities are needed for bikers.
“More feedback we get from the public at this point in the process means that what we start, and the momentum that we start with, is done with what you care about and what the public cares about at the front of our minds. And so we have more flexibility at this point in our process than we do at any other point. We can go in a lot of different directions,” Frye said.
The online open house can be found