Ketchikan South Tongass Highway:
Mill, Mission and Stedman Streets Reconstruction


Project Description

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will use this site to keep you informed about the process to improve Front Street, Mill Street, and Stedman Street. Please refer to this site for updates and announcements on the project, documents, to make comments or suggestions, or to contact project team members.

The purpose of the project is to continue to provide for the safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles within the downtown Ketchikan corridor on Front, Mill, and Stedman Streets, in Ketchikan, Alaska. The need for the project stems from heavy pedestrian and vehicle usage in the area. The existing road needs upgrading due to deteriorated pavement condition and drainage deficiencies.

Anticipated roadway improvements will include rehabilitation and/or replacement of the pavement surfaces, reconstruction of the roadway subbase, elimination of one of two eastbound traffic lanes along Mill Street between Mission and Bawden Streets and storm drainage improvements as needed. In addition, the project will reconstruct or improve the intersections of Dock, Mission and Stedman Streets which includes pedestrian crossings and added traffic calming measures. Pedestrian improvements will include repair and widening of sidewalks as is necessary, and the installation of pedestrian ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

DOT&PF is aware that this project will affect both local and visiting users of the highway and the waterfront and relies on public comments to be part of the process in order to achieve a context-sensitive schedule and design.

Ketchikan South Tongass Highway Reconstruction Map

Project Update

Since the project kicked off its work with a public open house on February 6th, 2013, the project team has been working to complete preliminary design and environmental documentation.

To review the proposed improvements, preliminary plans are available by clicking here or using the link to the right “Photos and Maps.”

Next Steps

The next step is completion of the environmental document.  The project qualifies as a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Approval of the environmental document authorizes the start of final design activities.

To review the updated project schedule, click here or use the link to the right “Schedule.”