Success Stories: Road Opens between Eagle and Eagle Village

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Release date: 
August 10, 2009
Release Number: 
FNF-09-037

Mission Road, a gravel road between the town of Eagle and the Alaska Native settlement of Eagle Village, has been restored by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF). A 4,500-feet section of the road was destroyed by a massive ice jam on May 5, isolating the two communities, which are ten miles apart (Figure 1).

On May 14, DOT&PF installed a detour and began working to repair the road. To prepare the detour, DOT&PF cleared the route of brush and placed tundra road mats over the surface to stabilize it (Figure 2).

The new road was officially opened Friday, July 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tribal leaders and residents attended the ceremony and celebrated the new road with prayers and drumming (Figure 3).

Fact Sheet

  • Eagle is two settlements: the town of Eagle and the Alaska Native Village of Eagle.
  • The two settlements, 10 miles apart, are joined by Mission Road.
  • A section of the road was destroyed by a massive ice jam on May 5, 2009 (Figure 1).
  • Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) began working on the road May 14.
  • The detour was approximately 4,500-feet long.
  • To prepare the detour, DOT&PF cleared the route of brush and placed tundra road mats over the surface to stabilize it and prevent damage to the tundra (Figure 2).
  • The new road was officially opened Friday, July 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony (Figure 3).
  • Like all the roads in Eagle, it is a gravel road.
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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