This study will identify and evaluate options to improve transportation mobility, safety, access, and connectivity between the Seward Highway, near 20th Avenue and the Glenn Highway, east of Airport Heights. Currently, the two controlled access freeways are connected through the study area by slower speed arterial roads. The project will also identify ways to improve access to and from the Port of Alaska to the highway network.
The study will identify potential improvements and evaluate the environmental impacts and engineering feasibility of those improvements using a Planning Environmental Linkages (PEL) process. PEL studies are a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision making that considers environmental, community, and economic goals and impacts. The PEL process allows Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) to engage with the public, stakeholders, and partner agencies throughout the planning process. A PEL study allows work completed during the planning process to be carried forward into subsequent environmental review processes, speeding up project delivery.
The study will only be successful if it has meaningful and continued public involvement in the process. Diverse public involvement helps DOT&PF makes decisions that meet public needs and desires. The public will have several opportunities to engage with the project team. Stay up to date on outreach opportunities by signing up for our project email list and visit the Public Outreach tab for current and upcoming events!
This planning document may be adopted in a subsequent environmental review process in accordance with 23 USC 168 Integration of Planning and Environmental Review.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by DOT&PF pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated November 3, 2017, and executed by FHWA and DOT&PF.