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Construction continues on the F-35A Flight Simulator Facility at Eielson Air Force Base.

Eielson area growth plan focuses on roads & more

By Sam Friedman, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

The arrival of hundreds of new airmen and their families will be especially obvious in the housing market and the schools, but the population spike will also mean more traffic on roads and at local shops and parks.

This week, the Fairbanks North Star Borough published its final plan for how to prepare for the F-35 population boom. The final version of the report builds on a draft plan published this summer, with much of the revisions and added attention to the sections on quality of life and transportation, said Shelly Wade, a consultant with the Agnew::Beck firm that wrote the report.

The arrival of staff associated with F-35 fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base is expected to increase the Fairbanks North Star Borough population by 5.4 percent, and 85 percent of the new arrivals likely will settle in the North Pole area, according to the report. Most of the new arrivals will come in 2020 and 2021.

Read more at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner