HSIP: Badger Road Two Way Left Turn Lane
Project No. 0602009/NFHWY00096
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), in cooperation with the Alaska Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), proposes to upgrade Badger Road from Dennis Road to Hurst Road to reduce turning related crashes. Upgrades will consist of construction of a Two Way Left Turn Lane (TWLTL) and curve improvements at the Holmes/Peede Road intersection. This project is being developed under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
This project will upgrade Badger Road from Dennis Road to Hurst Road with a Two Way Left Turn Lane.
Road widening may be required to accommodate the TWLTL, however, no right of way acquisitions are anticipated.
The project will also provide curve improvements at the Holmes/Peede intersection such as minor curve flattening and reducing the cross-slope.
Signing, striping, drainage and utilities will be updated to accommodate the TWLTL.
Purpose & Need:
The Department of Transportation identified Badger Road as having a higher than average crash rate. A Road Safety Audit (RSA) was then commissioned to assess the cause of these crashes and recommend solutions. The RSA was conducted by public safety officials, traffic enforcement and traffic engineering personnel. The RSA team observed that Badger Road has an average of 22 driveways or minor side streets per mile which is likely a contributing factor to the high crash rate. Construction of a continuous TWLTL can reduce the severity and frequency of crashes on Badger Road.
TWLTL’s provide the following benefits:
The RSA team also noted several traction related concerns with the Holmes and Peede intersection. Historic crash data also shows this intersection has the highest crash frequency on Badger Road within the project limits and therefore this curve will be improved with the project.
The completed Design Study Report can be found here . The Department is currently in final design, with construction anticipated for the summer of 2019.
The Department held an open house on May 25, 2016 at Hotel North Pole. We appreciate folks taking the time to come and provide feedback on the project. A summary of comments received and the Department’s response is available on the sidebar, titled “Comment Response Summary”. We have also developed a white paper summarizing some of the key issues we heard from the public involvement and provided a more in depth discussion in the sidebar link titled “Badger Road TWLTL Design Considerations White Paper.”