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Knik Goose Bay Road Safety Page

Improving safety on KGB Road is an ongoing and long term goal of DOT&PF.

Knik Goose Bay Road was designated by the State of Alaska as a Traffic Safety Corridor in 2009 due to fatalities and major accidents occurring on the road. KGB Road has a fatal accident rate that is nearly four times the national average. Designation allowed a multiple agency approach to reduce these crashes, bringing enforcement, engineering, emergency services and education to improve the safety of the highway.

To learn more about Alaska’s Safety Corridors click here: http://dot.alaska.gov/highwaysafety/safety_corridors.shtml

Since the roadway designation as a Highway Safety Corridor in 2009, the department has invested about $9 million in safety features, including signing, striping, and signals. These features have achieved reductions in crashes. However, because KGB is one of the busiest in the state, significant upgrades are needed. DOT&PF is developing two major reconstruction projects, ($125 million worth of safety and congestion improvements),which are planned in 2020 and 2021:

KGB Project Map
 

See below for a brief side-by-side comparison of these two projects.

 

KGB: Centaur Ave. to Vine Rd.
MP 0.3 – 6.8
KGB: Vine Rd. to Settler’s Bay Dr.
MP 6.8 – 8.4


Funding

Federally-funded

State-funded


Project Length

6.5 miles

1.6 miles


Proposed Road Cross-section

 

 

  • Four-lane divided roadway (depressed grass median)
  • Separated multi-use path on north side
  • Designed to accommodate    both current needs and future capacity improvements
  • Four-lane divided roadway (depressed grass median)
  • Separated multi-use path on north side
  • Designed to accommodate    both current needs and future capacity improvements


Purpose & Need

 

 

 

Purpose

  • Improve mobility for people   and freight
  • Enhance access management

              
Need

  • Safety
  • Congestion relief
  • Travel efficiency

Purpose

  • Improve safety
  • Reduce congestion
  • Increase travel efficiency

              
Need

  • Safety
  • Congestion relief
  • Travel efficiency


Schedule

 

 

 

  • Environmental Document and Preliminary Design 2011-2015
  • Final Design 2016-2021
  • Right-of-way acquisition                2019-2021
  • Construction (anticipated) 2021, dependent upon availability of funding


Public Involvement
& Stakeholder Outreach

Extensive coordination with Mat-Su Borough, City of Wasilla, area business owners, residents, and commuters. More than 20 project updates, meetings, and open houses since 2012.
Next public meeting is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2019.

Four public meetings and annual Mat-Su Transportation Fair attendance since 2014.
Next public meeting is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2019.

 


Contact

 

Website landing page for both projects: dot.alaska.gov/kgbroad
DOT&PF Project Manager: Tom Schmid, P.E. | 907-269-0543
DOWL Public Involvement: Rachel Steer | 907-562-2000
Email: knikgoosebayroad@alaska.gov or knikgoosebay@dowl.com