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