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Department of Transportation to host meeting on McGrath Road extension

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:15 am | Updated: 11:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — An open house for a controversial proposal to connect McGrath Road and the Old Steese Highway is scheduled for Oct. 23.

The project is designed to ease traffic at the intersection of the Steese Highway and Johansen Expressway. The two-mile road, built between McGrath and the Old Steese, potentially could cut into Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge by a few hundred feet.

The project, with an estimated cost of $16 million, still is in the development phase.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said it is seeking ideas and comments to help shape the project.

DOT is hosting the open house from 5-7 p.m. at the Alaska Dog Mushers Hall, 925 Farmers Loop. A brief presentation will start at 5:30 p.m.

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