The project team is moving forward with design on the preferred alternative established in the Environmental Assessment phase of the project.
The proposed design will construct a one way couplet to improve north south traffic flow within Wasilla's historic towncenter. Main Street and Knik Goose Bay Road will service southbound traffic, while improvements to Talkeetna and Yenlo Streets will serve northbound traffic. The northern project boundary will be Bogard Road and the Palmer Wasilla Highway will be the southern boundary. Improvements will also be made to the Parks Highway within the project area.
The project completed a preliminary design in early 2015. Since then, DOT&PF has been in consultation with the City of Wasilla and other stakeholders on the need for potential revisions to the design. Based on comments received from the City of Wasilla, DOT&PF is currently analyzing revisions to the design to ensure that it will result in effective traffic movement that is consistent with the 20 year life of the project.
At this time, the Department is working on revisions to the design so that it is consistent with the newly adopted City of Wasilla "Downtown Overlay Plan." Given the need to revise the project's preliminary design, the required environmental assessment that analyses impacts to the human and natural environment is being reevaluated to ensure that the anticipated impacts originally documented remain accurate. This reevaluation is anticipated to be complete in early 2017.
Preferred Alternative Map (click to enlarge)