Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the purpose of this project?
A: The goal is to identify a vision for the Airport Way corridor and develop a toolbox for engineers, planners, and public officials to use when developing projects throughout the corridor. It will set guidelines for landscaping, green infrastructure, access controls, and non-motorized facilities.
Q: Can we get rid of the jersey barriers and chain-link fence?
A: Airport Way is a controlled access facility which means that bicycles and pedestrians can only cross at certain locations. The jersey barriers and chain-link fence keep people from crossing or entering the roadway at dangerous locations. This study will evaluate potential alternatives that are more aesthetically pleasing.
Q: Wasn’t this studied already?
A: Yes, to some extent. There was a study in 2007 that evaluated possible traffic improvements, including re-routes of frontage roads, intersections, and signals. The FMATS Non-Motorized Transportation Plan (2012) identified areas of discontinuity in the bike/pedestrian network. The in-progress Freight Mobility Study evaluated issues along the corridor for freight movements. All of these studies will be considered in the current project.
Q: How can I participate and provide comments?
A: There are several ways to participate. There is a project website dot.alaska.gov/nreg/airportway/ where you can leave comments and contact the project team. There is a steering committee that meets periodically throughout the project. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. Finally, there will be two public meetings, one of which will be a hands-on workshop where participants will have a hand in crafting the vision for Airport Way.
Q: When will the study’s recommendations be built?
A: The recommendations will be integrated into other projects as they are developed.
Q: How is this project funded?
A: This project is funded through the FMATS Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Q: Why Airport Way?
A: Airport Way has several projects currently in development. Developing the corridor vision now will help influence these projects and provide a consistent look-and-feel along the corridor.