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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 west and north of Anchorage. 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. KABATA's primary purpose is to construct a vehicular toll bridge and associated road connections across the Knik Arm. 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. KABATA released a Request for Qualification for the project in July 2011. KABATA anticipates using an availability payment public/private partnership (PPP) approach to finance, design, build, operate, and collect tolls for both phases of the project. Phase I is expected to cost between $670 and $740 million and will build a two lane road and bridge with a four lane superstructure that connects the Mat-Su Borough to downtown Anchorage. Phase 2 will be constructed, when traffic volumes increase, 15 to 20 years after Phase I is completed. Visit the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority 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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