Seward Meridian Parkway Road Improvements, Phase II:
Palmer-Wasilla Highway to Seldon Road
Project No. 0001(417)/2512210000
Phase II of the Seward Meridian Parkway Road Improvements project will upgrade and widen Seward Meridian Parkway from the Palmer-Wasilla Highway to Bogard Road and extend the road to Seldon Road. The roadway would be widened/constructed to the west (except at the Alcantra Armory) to accommodate four travel lanes. Work will also include a paved, separated pathway along the west side of Seward Meridian Parkway for bicyclists and pedestrians; lighting; and a new structure to replace the existing culvert at Cottonwood Creek. New traffic signals are proposed at the intersections of Seward Meridian Parkway with East Country Field Circle, Bogard Road, and Seldon Road.
This is the second phase of a larger project that proposed to improve Seward Meridian Parkway from Parks Highway to Seldon Road. Phase I, Parks Highway to Palmer-Wasilla Highway is complete. An Environmental Assessment for this larger project was prepared and completed with a Finding of No Significant impact (FONSI) on April 2, 2007.
Highway Design staff at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) are continuing to work on the final design of Phase II. DOT&PF has contracted with CH2M Hill, and their subconsultant DOWL, to complete a Traffic and Safety Analysis for the corridor. Based on this analysis, and the likelihood that additional signals will be needed along the corridor as development continues, DOT&PF is now proceeding with the proposal to install a traffic signal at the Bogard Road intersection, rather than a roundabout as was previously proposed. DOT&PF has been coordinating with the Mat-Su Borough School District and the Alcantra Armory as both agencies explore plans for future development adjacent to the proposed extension of Seward Meridian Parkway to Seldon Road – especially the new Fronteras Charter School.
The Mat-Su Borough has agreed to own and maintain the upgraded road upon completion of construction.