March 10, 2016
Ben Hayes, Chief of Interpretation, 907-983-9206
National Park Service (NPS) crews continue work on a Federal Highways funded project to improve the NPS owned portion of the Dyea Flats road and implement a trail project in the Dyea town site. Road improvements include elevating the road surface, increasing culvert drainage, and adding widened turn-outs for safe passing lanes. The trail project will enhance the visitor experience and understanding of the historic Dyea town site by following the historic street grid. Both projects involve tree felling within park boundaries.
While some of the trees removed for the projects will be reused by the park for maintenance activities and visitor services, much of the spruce will be staged for public collection of firewood. The staging area will be at the west side turn-out at the end of the state maintained section of the Dyea Road, just south of the West Creek Bridge. Spruce logs cut to 16 feet will be staged for first-come, first-served collection by the general public on April 1 after 9am. Approximately 15 cords of spruce will be available throughout the day.
Contractors will begin Phase II of the Federal Highways Project on April 22, 2016. Planned closures of the Dyea Flats road will begin at night after May 1. By operating only at night, delays and impacts to park visitors and local residents will be minimized. Most delays will be temporary, and notices for extended closures (within a night shift) will be distributed well in advance of any closures. Another media release will be issued before Phase II construction.
The National Park Service appreciates your patience and understanding during this project. Klondike Gold Rush strives to maintain exceptional visitor and public services. Please feel free to contact the park with any comments or questions regarding this project.