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Major Projects

Knik Arm Bridge The Knik Arm is a 13,500-foot wide body of water separating Anchorage Alaska from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA) was created in 2003 by Alaska Statute 19.75.011 within the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The 2014 Alaska Legislature passed a bill that significantly changed the project's make up and approach from a Public Private Partnership project overseen by the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA) to a Design Build project overseen by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF). Work on the project's Environmental Impact Statement was completed in 2010 and FHWA issued a Record of Decision for it on December 15, 2010. The project moved into the ROW phase in August 2011. Since then, DOT&PF acquired nearly all the ROW needed for Phase I construction. Phase 1 constructs a 9,200 foot bridge across the Knik Arm and roadways that will connect major arterial 'A' and 'C' Streets in downtown Anchorage to the Mat-Su Borough. Phase I is expected to cost between $900 and $950 million and will build a two lane road and toll bridge with four lane capability. Phase 2 expands the bridge and roadways to four lanes and adds a connection to Anchorage's major arterial streets Ingra and Gambell. Phase 2 will be constructed, when traffic volumes increase, 15 to 20 years after Phase I is completed. Visit the Knik Arm Bridge web site for more information.
Juneau Access The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has prepared a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for Juneau Access Improvements. The purpose of this project is to improve surface transportation to and from Juneau within the Lynn Canal corridor.
The Gravina Access Project The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), investigated alternatives for improving access between Revillagigedo Island and Gravina Island in Southeast Alaska. This project, called the Gravina Access Project, is one of 17 high priority projects funded in the state under the Federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). Revillagigedo Island is home of Ketchikan, Saxman, and other communities, and Gravina Island is the location of the Ketchikan International Airport and adjoining lands that offer recreational and development potential. Currently, a small ferry across Tongass Narrows provides the only regular access to Gravina Island and it delivers passengers directly to the airport. Access to the remainder of the island is available primarily by independent watercraft. Improved transportation access to Gravina Island would provide better service to the airport and allow for development of the large tracts of land situated on the island.

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