Alaska Department of Transportation

Across the country, road builders confront tight deadlines for completing their projects. Often construction teams face the end of the paving season knowing that challenging weather lies ahead. This scenario was especially true for projects in two contrasting environments, one completed at the "North Pole" and the second in the California desert.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities conducted field investigations for the Highway Safety Project: Seward Highway Rock Fall Mitigation. Work includes analyses of locations between mileposts (MP) 104 and 114 with a history of rock falls.

The first sign of trouble was the sound. Very loud. Like a low flying 747, recalled Shannon McCarthy, administration operations manager of the Alaska Department of Transportation. Then came the jolt and McCarthy knew this was no low flying plane. It was the beginning of magnitude 7.0 earthquake that would shake southcentral Alaska for 18 to 35 seconds and trigger aftershocks for weeks after.

Managing wildlife issues, such as fish migration, while figuring out ways to forge stronger ties with Native American tribal governments are two of the "hot issues" currently facing state departments of transportation. During a panel discussion on Jan.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Commissioner Marc Luiken has named Lance Mearig as the Southcoast region director. “Lance is precisely the leader we need in Southcoast Region,” said Luiken. “His professional passion is Alaska's coastal transportation infrastructure and he has long standing relationships in the communities he will be serving.”Mearig has more than 35 years of experience in transportation.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) joined the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in signing the Gravina Access Project Record of Decision and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. This milestone clears the way for DOT&PF to begin final design and start construction associated with the Gravina Access Project.