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

Project Description

Welcome to the Ketchikan Mill, Mission and Stedman Streets Reconstruction website.

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 on the project, documents, announcements of public meetings, to make comments or suggestions, or to contact project team members.

The purpose of the project is to provide for the safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles within the South Tongass Highway downtown corridor. Anticipated roadway improvements will include rehabilitation and/or replacement of the pavement surfaces, reconstruction of the roadway subbase, and storm drainage improvements as needed. In addition, the project will reconstruct or improve the intersections of Dock, Mission and Stedman Streets including pedestrian crossings and added traffic calming measures.  Pedestrian improvements will include repair and widening of sidewalks as necessary in accordance with 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

The project team kicked off its work with a public open house on February 6th, 2013. At this meeting the team described the planning process, met with local stakeholders, business owners, residents and local elected officials.

To continually seek local input, a total of three public meetings will be held in Ketchikan as the reconstruction plan develops.

Next Steps

The first step of this project is the completion of the environmental document. This process should move fairly quickly because as a street reconstruction it qualifies as a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It is the team’s goal to combine the NEPA process with the historic evaluation and Section 106 compliance process. These are scheduled to be completed in Fall of 2013. Also See Schedule