Alaska Department of Transportation seeks Public input on proposed Bridge Replacement Project


FAIRBANKS, Ak - Sixty years of age may not be old to some, but it is ancient when talking about bridges.

Tomorrow evening (Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 p.m.), the Alaska Department of Transportation will host an open house to discuss the possibility of replacing one of the oldest bridges in Fairbanks.

The Wendell Street bridge was built in 1953 and DOT wants to replace it to better accommodate pedestraisn, bicyclists and traffic flow.

Repair of the bridge is considered not cost effective and replacement could take as many as two construction seasons, beginning in 2016.

The DOT open house seeks public input about the project.

"We recognize that it's on the Chena River, it's a focal point of the community, and so we're really interested in, particularly for the first meeting, we're seeking what people want to see for a bicycle and pedestrian connection options from Graehl Park to Griffin Park, the north of the river to the south of the river, so we're specifically looking for how people use those facilities and how they can be incorporated into our bridge" says Engineering Manager, Sarah Schacher.

The open house will be located at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.