FAIRBANKS — Construction could begin as early as next fall to put a new, 3,400-foot runway in the remote Interior community Manley Hot Springs.
The current runway is less 2,900 feet long — which state officials say is too short to meet road-accessible airport standards and inadequate for some medical flights and freight transports.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Census figures show Manley Hot Springs with 89 residents in 2010. The community is at the end of the Elliott Highway, 160 road miles west of Fairbanks.
Commercial flight service is subsidized by the federal Essential Air Service program.
Construction would be financed largely through a federal grant, along with a smaller state match. The apparent low bid of nearly $11 million came from Alaska Interstate Construction.