The project’s purpose is to construct sidewalk improvements to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design standards. The project need, as identified in the Northern Region ADA Reconnaissance Study, is that the existing pedestrian facility along Steadman Street does not meet ADA design standards. Additionally, the embankment material underneath the sidewalk and roadway have contributed to the sidewalk settlement issues. Therefore, there is a need to address the drainage issues and the underlying embankment issues underneath the roadway as well as the sidewalk in order to have longevity of the proposed new sidewalk.
The proposed project consist of replacing the sidewalk, curb ramps, approaches and curb and gutters with ADA compliant features along a segment of Steadman Street in Nome, AK. In order to replace the sidewalks, the project will reconstruct the roadway to address the embankment settlement issues and improve drainage. Excavations of up to 4 feet and replacement of the existing material may be needed to minimize future embankment settlement. Steadman Street will then be graded and new asphalt pavement will be installed from Front Street through the intersection of 5th Avenue. The new road surface elevation will be essentially the same as it was originally constructed. The project will also reestablish the roadway crown to convey surface drainage to the new gutters and into the existing subsurface storm water drainage system.
Although the proposed footprint of the roadway and sidewalks will not change, temporary and permanent Right-Of-Way (ROW) acquisition is required to construct these improvements.
In addition to the work proposed by the DOT&PF, Nome Joint Utility System (NJUS) may replace portions of the water and sewer lines at the intersection of Steadman Street and King Place prior to, or concurrent with, this project.
The project team is currently working on completing the environmental document. Research of existing ROW revealed that the DOT&PF will need to contact several adjacent property owners to ensure having enough public ROW to construct the project. Additionally, the DOT&PF will work with the adjacent property owners to resolve areas where private property improvements appear to be constructed within the existing public ROW. Concurrent with the ROW work, the design team will be finalizing the project’s design for construction. Construction on this project is expected to begin in summer 2023 as a one season construction project.
This project is being constructed in cooperation with the Alaska Division of the Federal Highway.