Sterling Highway MP 45-60
DOT&PF Project No. STP-F-021-2(15)/53014

 

Welcome to the web site for the Sterling Highway Milepost 45 to 60 Project. This project examines highway upgrade alternatives in the Cooper Landing area.

Current Project Stage

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and Section 4(f) Evaluation on March 27, 2015. On December 11, 2015, DOT&PF and FHWA announced the identification of the G South Alternative as the preferred alternative for the Sterling Highway MP 45-60 project. DOT&PF and FHWA have examined the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and technical reports, and have considered the issues raised in hundreds of public and agency comments on the Draft SEIS. G South provides the best balance between meeting the project needs and minimizing impacts to the human environment.

Click here to see the full press release.

DOT&PF and FHWA have identified the G South Alternative as the preferred alternative. Among many issues, the largest issues considered were the following:

  • The Juneau Creek Alternative would impact Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and federal Wilderness designated by Congress, as well as the Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail.
  • The Juneau Creek Variant Alternative would impact the heart of the Sqilantnu Russian River Confluence Traditional Cultural Property as well as the Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail.
  • The Cooper Creek Alternative would have the greatest impacts on Cooper Landing (property, relocations, noise, and traffic) and would not address the project purpose and need as well as other alternatives.
  • The G South Alternative provides the best balance between meeting the project needs and minimizing impacts to the human and natural environment. The routing avoids impacts to the Resurrection Pass Trail, the Juneau Falls Recreation Area and important cultural properties, and avoids using designated wilderness land within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The alternative skirts the Cooper Landing community to reduce community impacts associated with traffic, noise and property acquisition.

For more information on why DOT&PF and FHWA have identified the G South Alternative as preferred see the FAQ page (links below).

DOT&PF and FHWA will be publishing a Final EIS in 2016. The Final EIS will contain updates and changes to the draft EIS based on comments received on the draft. It will provide additional details on the identification of the preferred alternative, publish the comments received on the draft, and provide responses to the substantive comments.  The decision on which alternative will be selected is not final until the Record of Decision. A Final EIS and Record of Decision are anticipated in 2016.