This article gets more hits than just about any in my archive and DOT opened the Road to Tanana in fall 2016, so it’s an appropriate time to reblog it. The City of Tanana is working on funding to finish the 6-mile portion of the road on the village side of the Tanana River so that they can better utilize the Road to Tanana. There will be issues with trespass on Native Corporation lands by outside hunters, but there are already a couple of mining outfits utilizing the Road. DOT will not be providing winter maintenance, so the village and those mining outfits are working out how to do that for themselves. I’ll occasionally provide information about developments as they are known.
As a fiscal conservative who wants to see government shrink to the very bare minimum of what is needed, there are few services government performs that I think are essential. Roads are among them. I’m not saying government does it best, but there are facts about roads that speak volumes. Nationwide, every dollar spent on roads results in about $8 in economic activity. That’s a broad strokes figure. Not every road is going to pencil out like that, but it’s still impressive. Departments of Transportation tend to be one of the few government agencies that actually energize the economy.
Alaska has two main highways, a handful of secondary highways, and another handful of unpaved improved dirt roads that we call highways. The Seward-Parks-Elliott-Dalton is the single most important transportation route in Alaska, a thin blue-grey line from the port in Seward (which is mostly a tourist destination), through Alaska’s largest…
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