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News » US » Alaskan highway project passes key hurdle » published 8 Mar 2018

Alaskan highway project passes key hurdle

The final environmental impact statement has been signed for an Alaskan highway project nearly 40 years after work began.

The public comment period is now open on the preferred route by Juneau Creek Above: The public comment period is now open on the preferred route by Juneau Creek

The Federal Highway Administration and Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities have signed the final EIS for the Sterling Highway Milepost 45-60 project. The state government said that the signing is a major milestone in advancing one of the longest active environmental documents in the United States.

This signing allows the state to address long-standing issues with the Sterling Highway between Milepost 45-60.

The section of road does not serve the high volume of traffic using it, fails to meet modern highway design standards and has safety concerns. “Everyone who’s driven this stretch of Sterling Highway knows that improvements are needed,” said Governor Bill Walker. “I thank our partners at the Federal Highway Administration for hearing Alaskan voices and making this breakthrough.”

Challenges related to developing the project have come from its proximity to the Kenai River and Lake, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail, as well as steep terrain, nearby historic and cultural resource sites, and limited right-of-way.

The public comment period is now open on the identified preferred route by Juneau Creek and will end on 16 April. Once the comments are reviewed, a record of decision will be released.


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This article was published on 8 Mar 2018 (last updated on 8 Mar 2018).

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