Project Area/Regional Background

The Y-K Delta is one of the largest deltas in the world stretching across 59,000 square miles. Approximately 25,000 residents live in the region, with 85% of the population consisting of Yupik Eskimos and Athabaskan Indians mostly living a subsistence lifestyle. The region includes 56 remote communities, the largest of which is Bethel, the major hub community of approximately 6,300 residents. Local governance and services are provided by 56 federally recognized tribes, 2nd class cities, a region Native corporation, and several non-profits. Because the 56 communities are not connected to the State of Alaska’s National Highway System, Y-K Delta residents use a system of airports, rivers, ports, barge landings, and trails for transportation to, from, and within the region.

 

Communities included in the Y-K Transportation Plan Study Area

Akiak

Kipnuk

Paimiut

Akiakchak

Kongignak

Pilot Station

Alakanuk

Kotlik

Pitka’s Point

Aniak

Kwethluk

Platinum

Anvik

Kwigillingok

Quinhagak

Atmautluak

Lime Village

Red Devil

Bethel

Lower Kalskag

Russian Mission

Bill Moores Slough

Marshall

Scammon Bay

Chefornak

McGrath

Shageluk

Crooked Creek

Mekoryuk

Sleetmute

Eek

Mountain Village

St. Mary’s

Emmonak

Napaimute

Stony River

Flat

Napakiak

Takotna

Goodnews Bay

Napaskiak

Telida

Grayling

Newtok

Toksook Bay

Hamilton

Nightmute

Tuluksak

Holy Cross

Nikolai

Tuntutuliak

Hooper Bay

Nunam Iqua

Tununak

Kalskag

Nunapitchuk

Upper Kalskag

Kasigluk

Oscarville