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MacKinnon out as commissioner of DOT, Ryan Anderson steps up to lead

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy today named Ryan Anderson as the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Anderson most recently served as Northern Region Director for the department.

He replaces John MacKinnon who served as commissioner since December 2018.

“Commissioner Anderson built an admirable record of achievement and public service during his tenure at DOT,” said Governor Dunleavy. “He is widely respected across northern Alaska for cultivating positive relationships with all impacted stakeholders while completing vital public transportation projects on time and within budget. I look forward to working with him, and fulfilling the department’s mission to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

Mr. Anderson is a 20 year employee of the department. He most recently served as its Northern Region Director, overseeing design, construction, maintenance and operations of a transportation system that serve communities in a geographically and culturally diverse region that extends from the Gulf of Alaska to the Arctic Ocean, and from the Bering Sea to the Canadian Border. He earned a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1997. He lives with his wife and two children in Fairbanks.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Ryan Anderson will be a great choice to manage the department…..he certainly knows the challenges the department faces every day….

  • Good I hope he will reverse the traffic order at the Whittier tunnel back the way it was. Commercial vehicles go last so they don’t create more traffic danger as they are slower on the highway and cause increased risk as people try to pass them. I told this to John Mackinnon but he did not feel like reversing his big trucks first order while admitting the increased risk on the highway. I suspect somebody with big rigs got him to change the traffic order putting big trucks first.

  • Mr. Anderson certainly seems qualified to run the DOT. My only fear is that he has passed the Dunleavy political litmus test.

  • I’ll support this man 1000% as long as he places a halt on the building of any new &$^#^! roundabouts!

    • Here is a genius reply for the ages.

      • The problem with old Joe is that he loves going around in circles and flipping everyone off with his self-recognized wit.

    • I love roundabouts. Maybe you are joking.

    • Round-A-Bouts are always supported by the mentally impaired. Oh good another roundy thingy.

  • Ryan is also one hell of a hang glider pilot. Congratulations!

  • Stop the roudabouts and double diamond interchanges in Alaska.

    • Actually I like the double diamond interchange at Muldoon. Once you figure it out it flows much better, but those blasted roundabouts can go back to wherever they came from.

  • What is the reason given for MacKinnon’s departure. Not a very informative article Suzanne.

      • Bill Walker got to him.

  • Sure wish he would make the northern region repair the roads properly (glenn & Richardson) they keep filling the same pot holes over & over, the repairs last maybe a week

    • Just drove the Richardson and there is a huge road construction project between Glennallen and Paxson about 20 miles total. Looks like they are moving the road bed. Should be nice once they are finished.

      • It’s perpetual construction delays. What’s it been, four years since the project from Hurricane to Cantwell? Still not finished. I drove the Richardson project last fall and see the same problems, only now both routes between Fairbanks are under construction not to mention the Sterling Hwy diversion, the Glenn and the Edgerton. Effectively all highways in Alaska are being worked on at the same time. DOT planning sucks.

  • The US Senators need to bring the FHWA teeth and integrity that got tossed out the window after 911 in the anti US Constitutional reforms back into a state of being. This is a big state and we need OUR road infrastructure WE want not the ones the globalists tell the legislature to build or the military tell DOT on the qt where and what to build. For crime money sake, we the Alaskan people invested our lives, family, industriousness in this good state and expect the Constitution to be followed.

  • How about that road to Juneau, Sir. Just a thought. Congratulations and God speed.

  • DOT will never change if we don’t put someone in charge who isn’t a member of the club. Bad tech specs have lead to the need to repave our roads every two years if they last that long. Driven across the new Eagle River bridge?

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