Northern Access to U-Med District

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and Municipality of Anchorage, in collaboration with an Executive Steering Committee made of the major landowners in the U-Med District, have selected a preferred route for this project. The orange route, which connects Elmore Road to Bragaw Street, was selected based on the following criteria:

  • Meets purpose and need (mobility, capacity, safety)
  • Minimizes environmental impacts
  • Cost (within budget)
  • Consistent with land use and transportation plans
  • Support from adjacent land owners
  • Responds to public comments
  • The next phase of the project will move the project toward final design. The project team would like to work with all interested parties (individuals and stakeholder groups) to help shape the outcome of this project and we encourage your participation.

    Project Background

    The University-Medical (U-Med) District is a major employment hub within our community and a regional destination point. The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), has evaluated access into the district from the north and east in support of the many important institutions that call the district home. In the past, this project has also been referred to as the “Elmore Extension” and the “Bragaw Extension.”

    Previous studies have repeatedly identified the need for an improved transportation link, but the controversy surrounding additional access into the U-Med District has resulted in little progress. Nearly all of the U-Med institutions have experienced rapid growth in recent years and that growth is forecast to continue. As a result, key institutions in the district are partnering with the DOT&PF and the MOA to identify a transportation solution that best serves the district and our community as a whole.

    This website will serve as one way to keep you informed about the project. Please refer to this site for the most recent information on project development, announcements of public meetings, and to add your comments or suggestions.