Senator Click Bishop applauds reopening Steese Highway maintenance camp, safer winter road condition

Senator Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks) welcomed the reopening of the Central Maintenance Station, thus improving service and safety along the Steese Highway and for the nearby communities of Central and Circle.


The Central Maintenance Station, northeast of Fairbanks, is the last state maintenance and operations facility to reopen after budget cuts in 2016 shuttered it and others.


Senator Bishop said, “I am grateful that the Central Maintenance Station has re-opened because better road maintenance helps ensure safer traveling conditions along the Steese Highway in winter, including Eagle Summit, which is famous for heavy snows, strong winds, and white-outs. It alone can be challenging to keep open.”


Senator Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks) and Representative Mike Cronk (R-Tok) at the October 10, 2022, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of the Central Maintenance Station. From left to right: Butch Schumaker of Central, Sen. Bishop, Rep. Cronk, DOT worker Jake Hendrickson of Central, and Tony Carroll of Fort Yukon.
Senator Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks) and Representative Mike Cronk (R-Tok) at the October 10, 2022, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of the Central Maintenance Station. From left to right: Butch Schumaker of Central, Sen. Bishop, Rep. Cronk, DOT worker Jake Hendrickson of Central, and Tony Carroll of Fort Yukon.

As if to underscore that point, snow had fallen along the Steese Highway as folks headed to an opening ceremony Monday, October 10, 2022, of the station.


“Words cannot adequately express how deeply appreciative my constituents and I are to have this station back and thank the Governor and his team for realizing the importance of this station,” Senator Bishop said. “Kids will get to school on safer roads, with fewer delays due to snow, flooding, or washouts. The dedicated team of state road crews in the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ Northern Region will have more resources to do even more outstanding work.”


During the 32nd session of the Alaska Legislature, Senator Bishop and Representative Mike Cronk, (R-Tok) prioritized advocating for funding infrastructure projects that improve the safety and wellbeing of Alaskans.


“I appreciate the opportunity to work with Senator Bishop in reopening the Central DOT station,” said Representative Cronk, (R-Tok). “This was important for our constituents in District 6 that depend on this road. A big thanks to Governor Dunleavy and DOT commissioner Ryan Anderson for making it happen!”


The Steese Highway starts in Fairbanks and runs 161 miles northeast to Circle, which sits along the Yukon River. The road crosses Eagle Summit at 3,685 feet at Milepost 107.1. Central is at Milepost 127.6.


Drivers can check road conditions at the State of Alaska’s website, 511.alaska.gov, or by dialing 511.


For more information, please contact Christopher Clark in Senator Bishop’s office at (907) 723-8160.