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Alaska DOT&PF Takes Steps to Enhance Safety Along Steese, Richardson, and Alaska Highways

FAIRBANKS, AK — Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is taking immediate steps to enhance highway safety along the Alaska, Steese, and Richardson Highways in preparation for the planned Tetlin to Ft. Knox ore haul, scheduled to start in January 2024.

Safety improvements include short and long-term actions that will:

  • Improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians
  • Increase enforcement of commercial vehicle regulations
  • Educate new drivers about driving near commercial trucks
  • Connect emergency responders with funding for training and equipment
  • Enhance vehicle and roadside technology
  • Build long-term infrastructure upgrades

“We are launching a multidisciplinary approach that maximizes safety for all highway users,” said Alaska DOT&PF Commissioner, Ryan Anderson. “It's important to take steps now, before the ore haul starts, to enhance safety.”

In 2022, DOT&PF commissioned an independent analysis of the Alaska/Richardson/Steese Highways. This analysis is evaluating near- and long-term plans for the corridor, incorporating public input and providing recommendations for short-term and long-term transportation solutions for issues that are identified. With the independent analysis, a Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) was established to ensure representation from affected communities and user groups along the route, including emergency medical services, local governments, and advocacy groups.

Deere CE
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Coastline Equipment

The TAC is currently working on a corridor action plan, and their work is expected to be substantially complete by the end of 2023.

Superior Industries
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Westate Machinery Co
Doosan Infracore Portable Pwr
Your local Bobcat dealer
Pape Material Handling
Superior Industries
Your local Superior dealer
Westate Machinery Co
Doosan Infracore Portable Pwr
Your local Bobcat dealer
Pape Material Handling
SITECH
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