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Alaska DOT&PF Central Region Expects Busy 2021 Construction Season

ANCHORAGE, AK — Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Central Region is expecting a busy construction year, awarding up to $420 million dollars’ worth of construction contracts, including airport, trail, and highway improvements. Highway projects expected to go to construction in 2021 include projects in Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, and Kenai Peninsula.

Central Region DOT&PF covers a large section of Alaska’s railbelt, including the Mat-Su Valley, Anchorage, and Kenai Peninsula, as well as a large portion of Western Alaska including Bethel, Dillingham, and the surrounding census areas.

According to the Institute of Social and Economic Research, construction is Alaska’s third largest industry, paying the third highest wages, employing well over 10,000 workers, and contributing billions to Alaska’s economy.

While the majority of construction will start later this spring, the Seward Highway Rockfall Mitigation MP 104-114 project has restarted at MP 111.5. This site has had increasing erosion higher on the slope resulting in rock and debris shedding onto the pavement. The construction crew will be preparing to blast at this location prior to installing two rockfall attenuators to prevent rocks and debris from reaching the road. Blasting will allow these mitigation measures to operate more efficiently once complete.

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