DOT working to improve safety along Richardson Highway

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The Richardson Highway, connecting Fairbanks to North Pole, is one of the busiest road ways in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

The Department of Transportation is working on improving the frontage roads and access points on the Richardson Highway between mileposts 353 and 357. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

The Department of Transportation is working on improving the frontage roads and access points on the highway between mileposts 353 and 357.

"What we are doing out here is improving the frontage roads that are here along the Richardson Highway, and also constructing new frontage roads. And that is so we can consolidate some of the access points onto the Richardson Highway," DOT Spokeswomen Caitlin Frye said.

Frye says safety along the highway is the main goal of the project.

Traffic on the Richardson has increased 25 percent over the last 20 years and with growth at Eielson Air force Base they expect traffic to continue to increase.

Currently crews are fixing existing frontage roads, and working to build new ones.

Frye says that all business access is still open and they have pilot cars guiding people through the construction area.

"The access points are in this area right now are not up to current design standards, so we are trying to improve safety by improving how you get onto the Richardson Highway," Frye said.

DOT will also be installing lighting in the new access points and making acceleration and deceleration lanes. This will take place next year.

The project is expected to take two years and finish at the end of next year's construction season.