Study launched for new road route to U-Med District

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

UAA Discussion: Wednesday, June 3, 2-6 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library


The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT and PF) is initiating a reconnaissance study on access and circulation needs between northeast Anchorage and in the U-Med District. The Northern Access to U-Med District project will evaluate the alternatives for a northern access to the U-Med District from Northern Lights Boulevard in the two-mile stretch between Lake Otis Parkway and Boniface Parkway.

UAA students, faculty and staff are invited to a discussion on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

Over the last two decades, growth in the U-Med District has been rapid, construction of new medical offices, university buildings and hospital wings is continuing, and the area's roads are experiencing increased traffic pressure. An access route that improves traffic flow to the U-Med District from the northeast will increase connectivity in the area, reduce out-of-direction travel, relieve traffic pressure on adjacent area roads and decrease traffic congestion on Northern Lights Boulevard, Lake Otis Parkway, Boniface Parkway and Tudor Road. In addition, a proposed northern access could improve emergency services access between northeast Anchorage and the medical services in the U-Med District.

This reconnaissance study includes public scoping, preliminary environmental fieldwork and reconnaissance level engineering to design, identify and quantify access and circulation needs and evaluate potential improvements. The objective of the scoping process is to work directly with the interested public to ensure that their issues and concerns are consistently understood and considered.

Submit Your Comments
Public scoping comments will be accepted on the project through June 19. To submit comments or for additional information, visit the Web site at

Sent comments by mail to:

Michela Spitz
4041 B Street
Anchorage, AK 99503

Comment by telephone at (907) 562-2000, by fax to (907) 563-3953 or by e-mail to

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