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State DOT Representatives Share Tips for Stretching Dollars

State DOT Representatives Share Tips for Stretching Dollars

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Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2020 9:15 AM, EST

WASHINGTON — State department of transportation officials shared the creative ways they’ve completed projects with tight budgets at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 13.

Verne Skagerberg, planning chief for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ Southcoast Region, said the state’s short construction season and frozen ground and rivers present challenges to building and repair efforts.

The majority of Alaska is served by airports rather than highways. Alaska DOT&PF owns 237 rural airports. Skagerberg said the state has about 1,100 miles of interstate. Some 82% of the communities are not connected by road. Raw materials frequently have to be transported by barge. In the fishing community of Naknek, children’s school bus is a Cessna aircraft... FULL ARTICLE

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