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Sterling Highway MP 157-169 Rehabilitation


Project Description

Welcome!  The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is proposing improvements to Sterling Highway Milepost 157-169: Anchor Point to Baycrest Hill. 
The objective of this project will be to restore structural integrity, improve safety, reduce congestion, and improve travel efficiency of the project corridor.  Anticipated work will include new roadway pavement, additional shoulder width and the addition of passing/climbing lanes, replacement of bridges and culverts and stabilization of stream banks.

This project is being completed using a combination of state and federal funds and is being developed in accordance with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidelines.

 

Current Status

The project is progressing through the right-of-way acquisition and design stages.

  • Right-of-way is a slow process and will likely finish in summer 2022.
  • Design is now at 95% completion.
  • Construction is anticipated to start in fall of 2022.

What's Done

  • Traffic & safety analysis, surveying, environmental studies, preliminary engineering
  • Environmental document (Categorical Exclusion) approved
  • Geotechnical investigations

What's Next

  • Complete design work
  • Complete permitting & utility relocation agreements
  • Complete right-of-way work
  • Construction (possibly broken into multiple projects pending funding availability)

 

Proposed Improvements

The proposed improvements will include new pavement, earthwork, signing, and drainage structures to extend the life of the existing facility.

Specifically, the project will:

  • Rehabilitate the roadway (e.g. new pavement and earthwork)
  • New bridges at North Fork Anchor River and Anchor River
  • Curve realignment
  • New passing and climbing lanes
  • Intersection improvements (e.g. turning lanes and changes to improve sight distance)
  • Shoulder widening to eight (8) feet
  • New erosion control measures
  • Increased clearing
  • Drainage facilities including, new culverts and upgrades for fish passage
  • Resolve maintenance issues (e.g. guardrail, signage, striping, pavement, etc.)

 

Proposed Typical Cross-Section