Fairbanks Borough Planning Commission votes on highway reconstruction project
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission voted on whether or not to approve a highway intersection reconstruction project.
The proposed project was to reconstruct the intersection of Airport Way, Steese Expressway, Gaffney Road, and Richardson Highway. The concept from the State of Alaska Department of Transportation is designed to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes at the intersection.
The proposed plan is to reconstruct the intersection into a hybrid of a Continuous Flow Intersection and a Median U-Turn (CFI-MUT) which could reduce the frequency of crashes between 12% and 16%.
The vote passed 6-2 to move the proposed project forward for further approval by the Borough Assembly.
John Perreault, Chair for the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission, spoke to why he and other commissioners voted in favor of the proposed reconstruction.
“The reason I and other commissioners voted to pass it is it ticks a lot of boxes in the complexity of the project,” Perreault remarked. “It’s maybe three times cheaper than an overpass option, it reduces stress on intersections around it in that an overpass would push traffic out onto Nobel, Barnett, and down to 10th as well. One of the things that the engineers said was when you look at it from the perspective of an overview, yes it seems complex and a mess; but from the perspective of a driver, your left turns turn left, your right turns turn right, and your straights go straight. So from a driver’s perspective, it will continue to be a normal intersection that makes turns in the directions that you would expect.”
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