Students: Jake Ciufo, Michael Cunningham, Connor Dunham, Clifton Ivanoff, Jason Kewin, Averian Larsen, Kirk Louthan, Brandon Maxwell, Jake Pi, Terence Rais, Jun Mark Robinson, Edgar Tinajero, Devki White, Jessica Young

Faculty Advisor or Community Project Lead: James Amundsen P.E., Chief Highway Design (ADOT&PF), Sean Holland P.E., (ADOT&PF), Osama Abaza, Professor & Chair, UAA

Client: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF)

Summary: The intersection at 36th Avenue has been determined to be the most congested in the State. These delays and inefficient flow may have costs to the travelling public that could be significantly decreased. The traveling public includes drivers of private vehicles, drivers of commercial vehicles, users of public transportation, pedestrians, bicycle commuters etc.

The objective of this project is to provide improved traffic flows and pedestrian safety on New Seward Highway (NSH) from 36th Avenue to 20th Avenue. The current LOS of E is unacceptable and must be improved. Design life for this project is 20 years. Under the current funding program we cannot afford to reconstruct this entire corridor in one project; therefore 36th Avenue shall be constructed first with the remainder of the corridor to be built in the near future.

The scope of this project will consist of the following:

  • Construct grade separated interchanges at all major arterials.
  • Construct separated pathways to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic and to provide trail connectivity.
  • Make major drainage improvements including a detention pond to accommodate increased water run-off.
  • Relocate utilities within the corridor that are required to construct the facility improvements.
  • Purchase adequate Right of Way to accommodate the new facility.


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