Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can the proposed signal be relocated from the currently proposed location at the intersection of Seward Meridian Parkway (SMP) with East Country Field Circle/Cottonwood Elementary School to the intersection of SMP with East Meridian Park Loop/East Birchview Drive?
A. The signal currently proposed at the intersection of SMP with East Country Field Circle/Cottonwood Elementary School was included at this location due to the traffic demand as well as local support. The Mat-Su Borough Assembly also passed, in 2012, Resolution Serial No. 12-072 in support of a signal located at the intersection of SMP with East Country Field Circle/Cottonwood Elementary School. In addition, the Mat-Su Borough voters approved the 2013 Bond Projects – School Access, which included a signal at the intersection of SMP with East Country Field Circle/Cottonwood Elementary School. Without additional side street connections adjacent to SMP, simply relocating the proposed signal would not allow all the area traffic needs to be served.
However, DOT&PF and the Mat-Su Borough have heard the concerns expressed about the continuing development along East Meridian Park Loop and that development’s potential traffic impacts along SMP. DOT&PF and the Mat-Su Borough are working together to determine how best to address this issue. Coordination between the agencies is needed since the Mat-Su Borough currently owns and operates SMP and will also be responsible to own and operate the roadway in the aftermath of the project, including signals located at side streets such as East Country Field Circle/Cottonwood Elementary School and East Meridian Park Loop/East Birchview Drive. As DOT&PF and the Mat-Su Borough work through this process, the SMP Road Improvements Phase II project will be developed in such a way that that additional traffic control features, such as signalization of the East Meridian Park Loop/East Birchview Drive, are not precluded from being added to the project or constructed at a future time.
Q. Can a flashing yellow school zone light be considered at East Country Field Circle for school safety with no other traffic signals?
A. School area traffic control devices, such as school zones with flashing yellow lights, are not currently proposed to be included in the project. In order for a school speed zone to be considered, a school walking route plan, including maps of established school walking routes, is required. School route plans develop uniformity in the use of school area traffic controls. To date, no school walking route plan has been completed for Cottonwood Elementary School.
School walking route plans are developed in a systematic manner by the school, law enforcement, and traffic officials responsible for school pedestrian safety. This plan consists of a map showing streets, the school, existing traffic controls, established school walk routes, and established school crossings.
Installation of school area traffic control devices and the type(s) of school area traffic control devices used in school zones, either warning or regulatory, is related to the volume and speed of vehicular traffic, street width, and the number and age of the students using the crossing rather than simply presence of school area boundaries.
Q. Can proper speed limit signs be installed along Seward Meridian Parkway?
A. New signs, including speed limit signs, will be installed in accordance with accepted design standards within the project limits. If speed limit signs are needed ahead of the project, the Mat-Su Borough Road Service Area responsible for roadway maintenance should be contacted.
Q. Maintenance & Operation along Seward Meridian Parkway
A. Seward Meridian Parkway is currently operated and maintained by the Mat-Su Borough through its Bogard and Midway Road Service Areas. DOT&PF and the Mat-Su Borough have completed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) formalizing the operational and maintenance responsibilities of both agencies along Seward Meridian Parkway in the aftermath of the project. Per the MOA, the operation and maintenance of Seward Meridian Parkway will remain the responsibility of the Mat-Su Borough. Traffic signals located at intersecting routes operated and maintained by DOT&PF (Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Bogard Road, and Seldon Road) will be the responsibility of DOT&PF. Traffic signals located at intersecting routes operated and maintained by the Mat-Su Borough (East Country Field Circle/Cottonwood Elementary School) will be the responsibility of the Mat-Su Borough.