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Major Projects

Knik Arm Bridge Construct a vehicular toll bridge, with associated road connections, across Knik Arm.  Phase I will construct a 2-lane bridge and connection to C Street.  Phase II will widen to 4-lanes and make a connection to Ingra and Gambell Streets.  The Knik Arm is a 13,500-foot wide body of water separating the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) and the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough in Alaska.  The Municipality of Anchorage is the largest community in Alaska.  The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is largely undeveloped land located northwest of Anchorage.

TOTAL COST
June 2014 FHWA cost estimate for Phase I estimated a cost of $1.048 billion.  Phase II will be constructed 15 to 20 years after Phase I as traffic grows.  Phase II is operationally independent with an estimated cost in excess of $750 million.

SCHEDULE STATUS
Due to the State of Alaska’s fiscal concerns the project has been identified as one of the Major projects that have been closed down.  The Alaska Division is working with the DOT&PF to close the project.
Juneau Access A project to improve surface transportation to and from Juneau within the Lynn Canal corridor to the north.

TOTAL COST TO DATE:  $29.6M

SCHEDULE STATUS
The Division and the Office of Chief Counsel are working with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to address the more than 43,000 comments received on the Draft Supplemental EIS. The Division anticipates approving a Final Supplemental EIS (FSEIS) the Fall of 2017.
The Gravina Access Project The project is to link Revillagigedo Island, home of Ketchikan and Saxman, to Gravina Island, the location of the Ketchikan International Airport, and adjoining lands that offer recreational and development potential.  Currently, a ferry across Tongass Narrows provides the only regular access to Gravina Island.  The preferred alternative - Alternative G4v - improves the existing ferry service between town and the airport - mainly through replacement and improvement of shore side facilities.

TOTAL COST:  $46 Million estimated.

SCHEDULE STATUS
The Division office approved a Draft SEIS on June 10, 2013 after issuing the Notice of Intent to prepare a SEIS on July 2, 2008. Shortly after taking office December 1, 2014, Governor Walker issued an Administrative Order which halted discretionary spending on several large projects until further notice, including the Gravina Access Project. However, the Administrative Order was subsequently lifted. On June 15, 2017, FHWA Division Administrator, Sandra Garcia-Aline, and Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (AKDOT&PF) Southcoast Regional Director, Mike Coffey, signed a combined Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (FSEIS/ROD) for the Gravina Access Project.

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