The Federal Railroad Administration says there would be no significant impact caused by the North Pole Road/Rail Crossing Reduction project.
The finding will allow the project to move forward into the next phases —including land acquisition, final design and permitting, as funding is identified.
The project proposes to reduce the number of crossings along the Alaska Railroad Eielson Branch track from 9 mile Richardson Highway to the Chena River Floodway.
The approved project would realign the track on the landward side of the Tanana River Flood Control Levee, close nine at-grade crossings through the City of North Pole, and relocate the existing crossing over the Richardson Highway.
The Environmental assessment was financed by 1 million dollars in Federal Highway Administration funds that were reallocated by the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) and the Alaska Department of Transportation.
The project represents the first phase of a larger proposed project to realign the railroad tracks outside of the more urban areas of Fairbanks and North Pole.