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State of Alaska - Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
Transportation and Public Facilities

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT) is a department within the government of Alaska in charge of providing for the safe movement of people and goods and the delivery of State services.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities mission is to "Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure."

For an up to date Alaska DOT press box go to

For the official Alaska DOT webpage go to

King Mountain looms in the background as the Glenn Highway snakes towards the West.

Scenic Byways

In 1991, the United States congress ordered the creation of the National Scenic Byway system to ensure the preservation of scenic, recreational, and historic highways all over the country. The most popular scenic byways in Alaska are: the George Parks Highway, the Glenn Highway, the Haines Highway, and the Seward Highway. These highways offer spectacular views of receding glaciers and the geological phenomenas they created, sparkling fjords that are home to bald eagles, whales, and other wildlife, and peaks that rise high into the sky.


Ports and Harbors

The functionality of ports and harbors is essential for the development and prosperity of coastal communities in Alaska. The Department of Transportation guides each community with the design and developing plan, consultation and analysis for construction, water quality and circulation research, and cooperation with state and government agencies for harbor facilities. 

The Columbia approaches the Auke Bay terminal at sunrise, while Coglin Island lies beyond

Marine Highway

The marine highway offers access to over 30 communities of coastal Alaska. The entire route spans over 3,500 miles. The Alaska State Ferry is the perfect way to experience the coastal region of Alaska that is only accessible by either air or sea. This program was established as part of a nation-wide effort to recognize, preserve, and enhance selected roads in all states. These selected roads all contain components of cultural, historical, natural, recreational, and archaeological significance. 


Aviation and Airports

Many rural communities in Alaska rely on bush planes to transport people, essential materials, and necessary equipment. From the northern arctic to the panhandle and aleutian chain islands, there are numerous locations all over Alaska only accessible by air. Bush planes offer a new type flexibility with the ability to land on frozen lakes, glaciers, beaches, rivers, or mountain tops. This provides access to many otherwise inaccessible regions, expanding the opportunity for hunting, skiing, camping, fishing, hiking, rafting, or wilderness exploration!

The railroad spans from Seward to Fairbanks, totaling 470 miles altogether.

Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad Corporation links communities to major cities in Alaska, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Seward. This transport system is offered throughout both Southcentral and Interior Alaska. They have a regular schedule for public transportation across breathtaking landscapes full of varied wildlife. Each year, they transport over 500,000 guests across Alaska. They offer year-round passenger and freight service between Seward and Fairbanks. This includes all communities in between.

Distant view of downtown Anchorage from across the Knik Arm of the Cook Inlet. Several low skyscrapers are seen across a wide expanse of ocean. Thin, leafy bushes are in the foreground. Did You Know?
Half of Alaska's nearly 700,000 people live in the state's largest city of Anchorage, located on the Anchorage Peninsula at the head of the Cook Inlet.