Large portions of Alaska are only accessible by air or water. As many as 8 out of 10 of Alaska’s communities are not connected to the road system. These communities depend on aviation for access to fresh foods, mail, and healthcare. Alaska has 400 public use airports; rural airports are identified as “Alaska’s Lifeline.” In addition to the public use airports, another 300 landing facilities are registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Alaska and thousands of private landing facilities and lakes are not registered.
The remote locations of Alaska airports often necessitate that engineers find innovative solutions to problems like scarcity of materials, extreme climate, transportation costs, and availability of maintenance materials. Alaska DOT&PF has taken several measures to increase emergency preparedness at remote locations.
Let’s Raise the Grade
• Make funding deferred maintenance a priority
• Increase research funding to find cost effective alternative solutions to scarce aggregates
• Construct more “on-route” certified weather stations
• Continue the fly safe information program
Find Out More: https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/alaska/