Seward Highway MP 105-107 Windy Corner


Land and Water Conservation Act Section 6(f) Environmental Assessment released for public comment January 8, 2017. Comments are due February 20, 2017. Click here to view document online.

The Draft EA is available for review at the DOT&PF Central Region office, located at 4111 Aviation Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska and on this website at: www.windycorner.info (see Documents). If you have questions or require additional information, please send your inquiry to windycorner@dowl.com. Comments on the EA will be accepted until February 20, 2017 and can be submitted by email brian.elliott@alaska.gov or mailed to:

Brian Elliott, Regional Environmental Manager

DOT&PF, Preliminary Design & Environmental

PO Box 196900

Anchorage, AK 99519-6900

Project Status

The team received a Federal Highway Administration Class of Action determination in August which selected a Categorical Exclusion as the appropriate National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) document to produce for the project. Preparation of this document is underway.

The project team has begun the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting process now that the NEPA document has been selected.

The Land and Water Conservation Act Section 6(f) Environmental Assessment will be released for public comment in January 2017.

The team completed Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Context Sensitive Solutions review with appearances in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Urban Design Commission. The team will begin the process to secure a MOA Conditional Use Permit. This website will provide information on public input opportunities associated with this process.

The project team continues to evaluate material site alternatives and will begin a formal material site permitting process with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources in 2017.

Meeting summaries and materials are available on the Meetings Page.



Project Description

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 continue the DOT&PF efforts to address traffic safety concerns on the Seward Highway. As one of many projects underway, this project will realign the highway and the railroad in the vicinity of Windy Corner. This road segment has a historically high crash rate. The segment is proposed to become a two-lane divided highway to meet current design standards. 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.

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Overview

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South Side Recreational/Parking Area (left), North Side Recreational/Parking Area (right)

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Material Sites

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Challenges associated with the proposed project include changes to the visual experience for motorized and non-motorized traffic; impacts on the hydrology and marine mammal/fish habitat; and possible 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:

Check out this video to view the project area and to learn more about the project.