DOT Briefs Residents on Yankovich Road Plans

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks residents got a look at potential road improvements at a public meeting last night.
Design proposals for reconstructing Yankovich and Miller Hill Roads were laid out in the form of animation.
The Alaska Department of Transportation is in the design phase for the project, and presented two alternatives.
The first option would widen the shoulder of the road to create 10-foot lanes with a 6 foot shoulder on either side.
The second features a 10 foot separate path, with 10-foot road lanes and four-foot shoulders.
During the presentation, DOT officials heard comments from the public regarding the usage of the road, bike paths, land coverage, and property loss.
If DOT can't come up with a consensus with the public's help, another option would be to go with a "no build" alternative, which means keeping the road as it is.
Road construction on Yankovich and Miller Hill Roads is expected to take place in 2020.

Caitlin Frye; Publications Specialist - DOT>>"What's unique about this meeting is that we are only presenting two design alternatives. In the past we've thrown around a lot of different ideas. This one were really focusing on two and trying to get the community to kind of stand behind one or the other. We're hoping that we can get all the users of the road to give us specific comments and why they feel the way they do, what they're focused on. Whether there focused on safety or you know recreation uses whatever it may be or maybe there very concerned about you know their properties and what property you know might be taken."