August 18, 2016
Contact: Katherine Belcher
, (907) 683-9583
An environmental assessment to conduct geotechnical investigation near milepost 231 on the Parks Highway in Denali National Park and Preserve is available online for public review and comment.
The National Park Service is proposing to issue a permit to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (AKDOT&PF) to drill four boreholes to test area soils in an effort to evaluate suitability for a proposed wayside at the MP 231 location.
The proposed wayside will be evaluated in a future environmental assessment and is being considered in conjunction with ADOT&PF and the Alaska Division of Federal Highway Administration as part of a broader pedestrian safety enhancement project.
The environmental assessment evaluates an action alternative and a no-action alternative. The action alternative would result in issuance of a permit to ADOT&PF to drill four boreholes using a track mounted drill rig. Vegetation clearing would be required to allow the drill rig to access the borehole locations.
The Milepost 231: Geotechnical Investigations Environmental Assessment is available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/dena. Comments can be submitted on the Website, submitted via email, or mailed to Superintendent, Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755. Comments will be accepted through September 18, 2016.