• Lorett Nabong, PE – AK DOT&PF
  • Rys Miranda, PE – AK DNR D&C

Professional Mentors

  • Chris Post, PE – AK DOT&PF
  • Nicholas Murray, PE, SE ‐ AK DOT&PF

Faculty Advisor

  • Scott Hamel, PhD, PE, SE ‐ UAA


  • Alfred Olson, EIT – Project Manager
  • Emilie Williams ‐ Design
  • Aaron Paradis ‐ Structural
  • Keith Baltozer ‐ Design
  • John Morton, EIT ‐ Geotechnical
  • Ken Pyeatt, EIT ‐ Geotechnical


Denali State Park Byers Lake Outlet Bridge  suffered a structural failure in 2020  due to deterioration of the existing girders. Several of the existing gabion basket supports have shifted off center and provide minimal seismic restraint. Existing railing construction and deck slopes are a potential risk to public safety. Ak-JAKE provided the Alaska Department of Natural Resources with 4 design alternatives. The chosen alternative was was evaluated to 35% design.

The project is located approximately 147 miles north of Anchorage and 97 miles from Denali National Park Service Entrance.

Design Benefits

  • Longevity​
  • Reuses the existing foundation​
  • Minimizes environmental impacts
  • Cost effective
  • Structurally improved
  • Seismic restraint improvements
  • Allows for ATV and Equestrian use of bridge


  • Construction Estimate ≈ $300,000
  • Engineering Services = $79,000​​


Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

  • Chris Post, P.E., Project Manager
  • Nick Murry, P.E., S.E., Bridge Design Engineer


  • Scott Hamel, PhD, P.E., S.E., Faculty Advisor


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