Using ABC to Address Climate Change in Alaska’s Arctic

October 20, 2022 1:00 pm

Elmer E. Marx, P.E., S.E., Senior Bridge Engineer, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities; and Nicholas Murray, P.E., S.E., Bridge Engineer, Alaska DOT&PF

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Featured Presentation: Using ABC to Address Climate Change in Alaska’s Arctic (35 Minutes)

Description: The village of Kivalina, Alaska, is 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the Chukchi Sea and is home to around 450 people. Due to rising sea levels and a deterioration of sea ice, the village is at risk of being inundated and has had its coastline eroding at a rapid rate over the last 20 years. A gravel road, causeway, and the Kivalina Lagoon Bridge were constructed to allow the village to begin relocating to higher ground eight miles away and to provide an evacuation route during severe storms. Due to the remote location, short construction season and lack of nearby infrastructure, this project utilized the CM/GC (construction manager/general contractor) project delivery method to accelerate construction and reduce risk. Constructed in 2020, the bridge included details, such as full-depth precast deck panels, that minimized specialized equipment or labor. An overview of the challenges, design and construction details, and lessons learned will be presented.



Elmer E. Marx, P.E., S.E.
Senior Bridge Engineer
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities


Elmer has over twenty-six years of experience designing and analyzing over one hundred reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, structural steel and timber bridges in accordance with the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (LRFD) and AASHTO Guide Specifications for LRFD Seismic Bridge Design (SGS). Elmer is active with the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures and the Transportation Research Board.


Nicholas Murray, P.E., S.E.
Bridge Engineer
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities


Nick has worked for the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for over eleven years as a bridge designer and inspector. He is currently involved in TRB and NCHRP committees and is leading the current phase of the Alaska DOT&PF’s seismic retrofit program.

Presentation Photos/Graphics:

1)  Causeway under construction

2) Pile driving in winter

3) Girders being set

4) Full-depth precast concrete deck panels being set

5)  Elevation view of completed bridge

2) Aerial view of completed bridge

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