Proposed 2017 Capital Projects

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Project

Northern Lights Blvd Upgrade Phase IV - Postmark Dr to Nathaniel Ct

Community Council

Sponsor Agency

Project Management and Engineering

Estimated Cost

$19,400,000

Funds on hand

$0

Additional funds required

$19,400,000

Project scope

The scope for this project has not been determined. Typically, an arterial street upgrade would include a new road base, pavement, curbs, storm drains, street lighting, pedestrian facilities and landscaping. The specific street section will be developed in the design study phase, which will include significant public involvement.

Project need

The arterial street has not been constructed to urban standards. But, the improvements are not a priority.

Project status

No work is underway or scheduled in the six-year Capital Improvement Program. The project is included in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and is designated as a minor arterial in the Official Streets and Highways Plan (OS&HP). Overlay work was recently completed.

Project Comments

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DELETE — Turnagain Community Council has consistently requested deletion of this project from the CIP list and we will continue to oppose any design upgrades to this section of WNL, except for repair and appropriate maintenance, such as overlay work. As submitted previously, TCC requests that the SCOPE language ADD the following important information: At the request of the Turnagain Community Council, in May 2012, pedestrian amenities along the road (sidewalk on one side, new bike path on the other) as well as turnouts, were deleted from the project description by the AMATS Policy Committee in the 2035 Metropolitian Transportation Project planning document. Specifically, as part of any 'upgrade,' TCC opposes: 1) widening of existing lanes or shoulders, or lane additions; 2) clearing of exising vegetation or filling of wetlands; and 3) upgrades to accommodate airport-generated traffic from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport North Airpark and West Airpark onto WNL, which negatively impacts the Turnagain neighborhood. As stated above, pedestrian amenities along the road were deleted from the project description by the AMATS Policy Committee — because the public is well served by the existing Earthquake Park Trail and Coastal Trail. Turnouts were deleted from the 2025 MTP as well, as they would serve no practical purpose along this road.

DELETE — Turnagain Community Council once again requests deletion of this project from the CIP list and we will continue to oppose any design upgrades to this section of WNL, except for repair and appropriate maintenance. Please see our comments submitted in 2015, which are still relevant.