Seward Highway MP
105-107 Windy Corner
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Welcome to the website for the proposed Seward Highway Milepost 105-107 Windy Corner project. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will use this site to keep you informed about project development. Please refer to this site for updates on the project, documents, announcements of public meetings, and to make a comment or suggestion.
The objective of the project is to address traffic safety concerns on the Seward Highway by realigning and dividing the highway and the railroad in the vicinity of Windy Corner. This road segment has a historically high crash rate and does not meet current design standards. The segment is proposed to become a two-lane divided highway. The new alignment will create space for new roadside recreational facilities and wildlife viewing areas, including parking and walkways, with auxiliary lanes for accelerating, decelerating and turning traffic. See the figures below for conceptual changes.
The project design and environmental documentation efforts are on-going. Recent significant accomplishments include:
- An independent analysis from Granite Construction of material source and transportation costs. A summary memorandum and a copy of the independent analysis are available for public review here.
- Concurrence from Federal Highway Administration that the Categorical Exclusion should be elevated to an Environmental Assessment (EA).
- The Land and Water Conservation Act Section 6(f) Environmental Assessment was released for public comment in January 2017 and revisions/approval is underway.
- Completion of the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Context Sensitive Solutions review with appearances in front of the Planning and Zoning and Urban Design Commissions.
- Initiation of a MOA Conditional Use Permit for the proposed material site.
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South Side Recreational/Parking Area (left), North Side Recreational/Parking Area (right)
Challenges include changes to the visual experience for motorized and non-motorized traffic; impacts on the hydrology and marine mammal/fish habitat; and effects on Chugach State Park.
The proposed project is being completed using a combination of state and federal funds and is being developed in accordance with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidelines. DOT&PF is conducting design development with input from the public as well as local, state and federal agencies, including the Alaska Railroad Corporation, Alaska Departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Game, Chugach State Park, National Parks Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Anchorage Fire Department, and others.
Windy Corner in the news:
Video: Tour of Seward Highway Project, Alaska Dispatch News, September 19, 2015 (Updated May 31, 2016)