The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will decide Thursday on what stance it will take regarding a $78 million state bridge replacement project for the Chena Flood Control Project near Eielson Air Force Base.

You can see a resolution opposing the project HERE, as well as a substitute ordinance that would support the project HERE. Backup information for the resolution can be found HERE. A meeting agenda can be found HERE.

This News-Miner STORY has several cycling-related comments:

Lauren Little, DOT Northern Region’s pre-construction engineer, said “DOT dismissed the idea of adding a dedicated separated bike bath because it would require a full environmental review and cost $15 million.”

Assemblymember David Guttenberg voiced concerns about dedicated bicycle safety, similar to planning commissioners.

“If we don’t build this now then it will never be built to sustain bikes and nonmotorized traffic,” Guttenberg said. While the new bridge will include wider shoulders, it’s unlikely cyclists use them.

Little said any dedicated separated bike path must be included in a plan and must have the infrastructure to tie into it before it can be built.

“In the absence of existing infrastructure, we would not build out part of a component that could be built in the future,” Little said.

Advocates for Save Alaska Highways, which opposes the ore-haul plan, also has a POST about this.

People can comment to the Assembly a couple of ways:

  • Testify or contact Assembly members via email and/or phone before the meeting. Find contact information HERE.