Improved Safety for Winter Travel along Minimally Improved Routes

Weather conditions can severely restrict the transportation mobility and accessibility of rural Alaskan villages. Winter storms and blowing snow also pose several transportation safety issues and forces many residents to remain isolated in their communities during the winter months. A few residents per village may have the experience/wherewithal (colloquially referred to as “travelers”) to venture out on the road and winter route systems to engage in socially critical interactions with other communities/villages. This travel is facilitated by the existence of route markers along predefined and preferred overland routes. This project has three goals (1) Develop a reliable, low maintenance foundation for the route markers developed by Kawerak. (2) Install and test a Remote Weather Information System (RWIS) to provide weather information along the route (3) Count the number of users of the route system