VICTORY! ADOT cancels Road through Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge!
Thanks for turning out for the public meeting and sending comments. Over 200 Fairbanksans showed up to say that they did not support this proposed road. DOT made the right decision to drop the idea of building a new route through Creamer’s Field Refuge and will instead look at traffic solutions along the existing road. Yes, your Voice makes a difference!
Thanks for turning out for the public meeting and sending comments. Over 200 Fairbanksans showed up to say that they did not support this propose road that did not make sense. Yes, your Voice makes a difference!
BACKGROUND ON THE ISSUE:
DOT held an open house and public hearing on Tuesday, October 23 at Dog Musher's Hall from 5-7pm.
To alleviate traffic congestion, the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed a two-lane road and separated bicycle/pedestrian path from the intersection of the Johansen and Old Steese to the intersection of McGrath and Farmers Loop. This road is called the “McGrath Connector” that would cross Creamer’s Field Refuge. Click here to see the road on a map.
With the building of Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s and adjacent stores, traffic congestion has increased at several Steese Highway intersections, especially the Johansen/Steese and Steese/Farmers Loop. The road will also provide an additional north/southbound link between the residential areas along Farmers Loop and the Bentley Trust area. See DOT's project page here.
From fall of 2012-Spring of 2013 DOT will gather information by conducting studies and holding public meetings. See the Project Schedule here.
The McGrath connector across Creamer’s Refuge would cost $16M plus around $50,000/year for routine maintenance. The road is currently funded by Federal Highway funds. $16M for this project is also part of the bond package that Alaskans will vote “yes” or “no” on this November.<!--[if !supportFootnotes]--><!--[endif]--> A transportation bond like this has never failed to pass in Alaska. If the bond passes, the funding may switch from federal to state money. However, if the bond passes, DOT does not HAVE to spend the money on this project. If DOT determines that a "no build" alternative is appropriate, the money can be directed at other projects in the GO Bond.
What Can I Do?
- Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, October 23 at Dog Musher's Hall (925 Farmer's Loop Road) from 5-7pm and make your concerns heard.
- Contact Al Beck, project manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 451-5359. You can also mail comments to Al Beck, P.E. Engineering Manager at DOT&PF 2301 Peger Road, Fairbanks, AK, 99709.
- Write a letter to the editor and submit it to: http://www.newsminer.com/pages/submit_letters_to_editor it (see below for questions to raise)!
- Sign up for e-mail updates by emailing email@example.com
- Talk to your friends.
Questions to Raise:
- Does this McGrath connector adequately address the root problem - increasing congestion problems at Steese Highway intersections? Is this project a cost-effective solution?
- Does this project set a precedent for future projects that impact Creamer’s or other State Refuges?
- What will be the impact on the birds, moose, fox, plants, and other living things that make up Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge?
<!--[if !supportFootnotes]--><!--[endif]--> “Road between McGrath, Old Steese would cross edge of Creamer’s,” Dermot Cole, Fairbanks Daily News Miner, August 23, 2012. http://newsminer.com/bookmark/19902058-Road-between-McGrath-Old-Steese-would-cross-edge-of-Creamer-s#ixzz24P28vDAd
<!--[if !supportFootnotes]--><!--[endif]--> You can access the text of the bond here: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0160Z.PDF Page 160-163.