State backs off road plan affecting refuge

Dec 17, 2012 -- 10:08am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - State road officials have dropped consideration of road upgrades that could have affected a state refuge. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Department of Transportation will consider alternatives to a proposed road extension that might have cut through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. DOT project manager Al Beck says the state will instead make revisions to existing roads to improve traffic flow. The extension of McGrath Road north of Fairbanks drew objections from fans of the refuge and Beck says public opposition was a major part of the decision. Cost was also a factor. The department wants to lessen congestion where the Steese Highway meets the Johansen Expressway on the northeast side of Fairbanks. There's also congestion farther north on the Steese Highway at Farmers Loop.

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