In a press release today, Governor Parnell and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Pat Kemp announced a new resource access study focused on the west side of the Susitna River.
In the release, Parnell says:
“Surface access would greatly benefit Alaskans and create more economic opportunity in the West Susitna River Valley,” “We remain committed to exploring our options to make the area more accessible.”
DOT has contracted with HDR Alaska, a multi-disciplined engineering and planning firm, to research possible routes and the requirements necessary to connect the resource-rich area west of the Susitna River with the existing road system.
The study will proceed with three basic steps: measure and document the resource development potential; examine crossing options for the Susitna River; and research the best option to reach the river from the existing road system. Completion of the study is anticipated in late summer, 2013.