Sunday, May 19, 2013
Making Seward Highway Safer Comes Down To Funding
State transportation officials want four lanes, but money is an issue
Federal funding may play a big role in how safe the Seward Highway can be.
State transportation officials say they would love to make the deadly stretch of road between Anchorage and Girdwood a four-lane divided highway, but with a price tag that would exceed $600 million, that isn’t likely to happen soon.
“We don’t have a good crystal ball but we suspect that we are not going to get as much federal funding in the future as we are today,” says the Department of Transportation’s Kim Rice. “In developing the next step our instructions have been to reduce the amount of federal funding that will come to the state by 30%.”
But the state does have funding for several other safety projects that drivers should notice next summer.
Those include paving over ruts between Girdwood and Indian and fixing a dangerous curve at mile 88. Long-term projects include passing lanes and more pullouts but funding for those projects is still up in the air.