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Sterling Highway MP 4560 Project

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Welcome to the website for the Sterling Highway Milepost (MP) 45–60 Project. This project will upgrade the highway between the Sunrise Inn and the eastern entrance to Skilak Lake Road, near Cooper Landing.

Current Work: Design and Construction

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is designing and building the selected alternative, the Juneau Creek Alternative. Construction began in 2020 and the new highway is anticipated to be open to traffic by the end of 2027.

The project is being designed and constructed in phased segments as depicted in the figure below.

Phasing Map

Phase 1A 
(Design 2019–2020, Construction 2021–2023)

Phase 1A
(Design 2019–2020, Construction 2021–2023):

Phase 1A is on the west end of the project (MP 56–58), as shown in the figure below. This phase includes significant soil stabilization to prevent slopes from entering designated wilderness on the north side of the corridor. Other improvements include retaining walls, drainage, wildlife under crossings, erosion protection, guardrail, pavement, and signing and striping.
Designer: HDR               
Contractor: Scarsella Bros                      
Award Amount: $21,130,000

Phase 1B (Design 2019–2022, Construction 2024–2026)

Phase 1B
(Design 2019–2022, Construction 2024–2026):

Phase 1B is on the east end of the project, approximately MP 45–46.5, and includes the Quartz Creek intersection as well as the intersection of the existing and proposed Sterling Highway (~MP47). Phase 1B consists of a pedestrian undercrossing (Coyote Notch), retaining walls, drainage, guardrail, pavement, and signing and striping.
Designer: R&M               
Contractor: QAP-Traylor Joint Venture            
Award Amount: TBD

Phase 2 (Design 2020–2023, Construction 2023–2026)

Phase 2
(Design 2020–2023, Construction 2023–2026):

DOT&PF is designing the Juneau Creek Bridge in-house as a steel girder bridge in close collaboration with the new Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC). Design of the bridge is anticipated to be completed in summer 2023. Construction of the abutments is anticipated to begin in 2023, with construction of the bridge continuing through 2026. Currently, as designed, the Juneau Creek Bridge will be the:

  • highest crossing in the State at 285’ (Hurricane Gulch is ~250’).
  • longest single span bridge in the State since 1982.
  • longest erected and launched bridge in the State.

Designer: DOT&PF      
Contractor: QAP-Traylor Joint Venture            
Award Amount: TBD

Pioneer Roads (Design 2021 – 2022, Construction 2022)

Pioneer Roads
(Design 2021 – 2022, Construction 2022):

This project consisted of upgrading two existing roads on either side of Juneau Creek canyon, West Juneau Road on the West and Slaughter Ridge Road on the East. These roads will provide valuable access to Phases 2-6 throughout the duration of the project. This project also establishes a project office/staging area (Tract C) along the existing Sterling Highway near the Quartz Creek Road intersection.
Designer: DOWL           
Contractor: QAP-Traylor JV                   
Award Amount: $4,500,000

Phases 3–4 (Design 2021 – 2022, Construction 2022–2024)

Phases 3–4
(Design 2021 – 2022, Construction 2022–2024):

Phases 3 and 4 consist of the middle section (off existing alignment) of the project. These phases will establish staging and disposal sites, roadway embankment, drainage, and the construction of wildlife under crossings.
Designer: DOWL           
Contractor: QAP-Traylor JV                    
Award Amount: $105,000,000

Phase 5 (Design 2022–2024, Construction 2025–2026)
Phase 5
(Design 2022–2024, Construction 2025–2026):

Phase 5 includes the western intersection of the new Sterling Highway and the existing Sterling Highway (MP 55–56). This was previously part of Phase 4. DOT&PF selected a tight diamond interchange configuration for the design of the western intersection north of the existing highway. It will have on- and off-ramps to allow travelers to access the existing highway near Sportsman's Landing. Construction of the western intersection is contingent on the land purchase between Cook Inlet Region, Inc., and DOT&PF. Once the land purchase is complete, clearing and geotechnical exploration will begin. Construction of Phase 5 is anticipated to begin in 2025 and end in 2026 (see figure above).
Designer: DOWL        
Contractor: QAP-Traylor JV               
Award Amount: TBD

Phase 6 (Design 2022–2025, Construction 2026–2027)
Phase 6
(Design 2022–2025, Construction 2026–2027):

Phase 6, the final project phase, includes construction of all paving, signing, striping, guardrail, rumble strips, trailheads, revegetation, and landscaping. The new highway is currently anticipated to be open to traffic by the end of 2027.
Designer: DOWL        
Contractor: QAP-Traylor JV               
Award Amount: TBD