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State of Alaska Project No. Z581060000 / Federal # 0211052

Project Description

Welcome!  The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is proposing improvements to Sterling Highway Milepost (MP) 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.

Current Status

The project is progressing through the utility relocation agreement and final approval stages.

  • Design is now complete and being split into two phases for construction.
  • Utility relocation design and agreements are nearing completion.

What's Done

  • Traffic & safety analysis, surveying, environmental studies, and final design.
  • Environmental document (Categorical Exclusion) approved.
  • Geotechnical investigations.
  • Environmental permits obtained.
  • Right-of-way easements and acquisition.

What's Next

  • Complete utility relocation agreements.
  • Construction of Phase 1, MP 157-161, is anticipated to begin in fall 2024 and continue through 2026.
  • Construction of Phase 2, MP 161-169, is anticipated to begin in 2027.


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. The project will be constructed in two phases to match available funding.


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 realignments
  • 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
  • Addressing maintenance issues (e.g. guardrail, signage, striping, pavement, etc.).

Proposed Typical Cross-Section