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Alaska DOT & PF Central Region Expects Busy 2021 Construction Season | Newsletter

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Central Region is expecting a busy construction year, awarding up to $420 million in construction contracts, including airport improvements, to trails and highways.

Maps of highway projects expected to enter construction in 2021 are here:

The DOT & PF Central Region covers much of the Alaska Railroad Belt, including the Mat-Su Valley, Anchorage, and the Kenai Peninsula, as well as much of Western Alaska, including Bethel, Dillingham and surrounding census areas.

Construction is Alaska’s third-largest industry, paying the third-highest wages, employing well over 10,000 workers, and contributing billions to Alaska’s economy, according to the Institute for Social and Economic Research. .

While the majority of construction will begin later this spring, the Seward Highway Rockfall Mitigation Project MP 104-114 will restart this week at MP 111.5. This site experienced increasing erosion further up the slope, causing rocks and debris to fall onto the roadway. The construction team will prepare to blast at this location before installing two rockfall attenuators to prevent rocks and debris from reaching the road. Blasting will allow these mitigation measures to work more effectively once completed.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway, and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The department’s mission is “to keep Alaska moving through service and infrastructure.”