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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is planning to rehabilitate approximately 15 miles of the Seward Highway between milepost (MP) 75, near the bottom of Turnagain Pass, and MP 90, near the Girdwood intersection. This project aims to increase safe movement of traffic, to extend the service life of the roadway, and to replace eight bridges and rehabilitate a ninth. DOT&PF plans to upgrade the highway by rehabilitating the road, straightening curves in high-accident locations, improving intersections, and allowing for more passing opportunities.

Public Open House and Open Forum Hearing

You are invited to attend a public Open House and Open Forum Hearing on January 12, 2017, 5 to 8pm at the Girdwood Community Room, Scott and Wesley Gerrish Branch Library, to learn more about the EA and the project’s design, and to provide your comments. Visit the Public Involvement page  on the project website to learn more!

Online Open House

Can’t make the meeting? Visit our Online Open House before January 22, 2017 to view the meeting materials and provide your comments. You may access the online open house by visiting the project website at

Environmental Review

DOT&PF considered a number of alternatives and design options early in the project development process. DOT&PF oversaw a number of engineering and environmental studies to help further analyze the alternatives.

Much of the analysis to date has studied potential impacts to the human and natural environment in the project corridor. The project's required Environmental Assessment (EA) identifies whether impacts would occur as a result of the project, and if so, how DOT&PF will avoid or mitigate impacts. 

The EA, released on December 6, 2016, studies two potential alternatives: a No Action Alternative (leave the road as-is), and a Proposed Action Alternative. Improvements discussed in project materials represent the Proposed Action Alternative.  

You can review the project’s EA using our Online Open House – which is accessible now through January 22, 2017.  The EA is also available in the project library.

 Proposed Action:

 Some of the key elements of the proposed plan to improve the roadway include:
  • Resurfacing the roadway in the entire 15-mile corridor
  • Straightening curves to improve sight distances
  • Improving the Portage Glacier Road intersection
  • Replacing  8 of the existing bridges and rehabilitating a 9th
  • Adding 5 miles of new passing lanes
  • Adding new parking areas/improving access for the hooligan fishery
  • Enhancing recreational access at Placer River and Portage Creek
  • Improving drainage
  • Replacing guardrails and culverts as needed

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